A Study of Chinese Passwords

Sunnia Ye
Sunnia Ye
Mar 16, 2018 · 8 min read

Symantec / “Top 500 Worst Passwords Of All Time

A little background on Mandarin Chinese

Typing in Chinese

(There are technically other ways to type in Chinese, but today we’re just going to focus on pinyin.)

So, what do Chinese passwords look like?

Qihoo 360 via China Internet Information Center
As you can see, the Chinese really enjoy puns.
Li, Han, and Xu. “A Large-Scale Empirical Analysis of Chinese Web Passwords,” fig. 1.
Li, Han, and Xu. “A Large-Scale Empirical Analysis of Chinese Web Passwords,” table 3.
Li, Han, and Xu. “A Large-Scale Empirical Analysis of Chinese Web Passwords,” table 4.
“Same row” vs. “zigzag” vs. “snake” keyboard patterns.
Li, Han, and Xu. “A Large-Scale Empirical Analysis of Chinese Web Passwords,” table 8 & 9.
Wang and Wang. “The Emperor’s New Password Creation Policies,” table 4.

Why can’t we have Unicode characters (including Chinese characters) in passwords?


Sunnia Ye

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Sunnia Ye

Software Engineer at Audible. Passionate about inclusive UX. (Opinions expressed are my own.)

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