Dashlane announced the first Passzzy Awards, highlighting the best, the worst, and the best of the worst, passwords in film. Unlike real life, where poor password practices can lead to very real consequences, Dashlane is celebrating bad passwords where we can all safely enjoy them: on the silver screen. Whether it be Comedy, Sci-Fi, Animation, or Action, all our nominees all have one thing in common—passwords are a key obstacle. Just like for us!
“I think anyone who works in cybersecurity is often amused by hacking scenes in movies,” says Emmanuel Schalit, CEO at Dashlane. “The Passzzies are our way of joining in on awards season fun while once again fostering conversation around the importance of password security. Sure, some of these passwords might seem silly, but are they any more ridiculous than using 123456 to protect your personal finances?”
Without further ado, here are the nominees (with voting concluded, we’ve highlighted the #Passzzies2018 winners on Twitter, and bolded them below):
Worst Password in a Feature Film—Need we say more? These nominees have the distinct dishonor of protecting their sensitive information with easily guessable to downright ridiculous passwords. Good for laughs and plot momentum, bad for security.
- Ace Ventura Pet Detective – “New England Clam Chowder“—In this scene, the security-inclined among us might recognize the follow up question “Is that the red or the white?” as two-factor identification, but that doesn’t get this poor password off the hook.
- The Cable Guy – “Nipple“—No comment.
- The Hangover III – “Hey Phil“—Security researchers continually warn against using the names of loved ones as passwords, and Alan’s love for Phil is true.
- Spaceballs – “12345“—When will people, of this world and others, ever learn?
Dashlane Pro Tip: Avoid using passwords that contain common words, phrases, slang, places, names, or anything that could be guessed or surmised by software.
Worst Case of a Forgotten Password—It’s the password equivalent of that famously frantic cinematic question: “Do I cut the blue wire or the red wire?!” In these films, our characters got themselves into trouble out of sheer forgetfulness. (Seems like a password manager could have come in handy.)
- Eyes Wide Shut (no link)— “But may I ask what is the password for the house?” says the gatekeeper. “I’m sorry I…I seem to have forgotten it…” Well, Tom Cruise, “it doesn’t matter whether you have forgotten it or if you never knew it.” Isn’t that the truth.
- The Intern — Breaking in to delete an email that should have never been sent? A classic plot trope that never goes out of style—the technology just gets updated.
- Jurassic Park — You never want to forget a password when dinosaurs are involved. Samuel L. Jackson “hates this hacker crap” with good reason.
- Purple Rain — A true “Who’s on First?” for the digital age.
Best Use of Brute Force—What they lack in brains they make up for in brawn. These burly nominees are like your favorite action heroes, kicking the door down with some of the best examples of pushing passwords out of the way since the early 1990s.
- Matt Damon -“The Bourne Ultimatum“ — Jason Bourne makes it look so easy.
- Kevin Hart -“The Secret Life of Pets“— Would you believe it is the fluffy white bunny character who forces his way in without the password?
- Steven Seagal – “Out for Justice“— An extra physical example of brute force.
- Wesley Snipes – “Demolition Man— Alright, technically Wesley Snipes knew that the password to his handcuffs was “Teddy Bear,” but the subsequent fight scene and forced exit from his jail cell is pure force.
Dashlane Pro Tip: Forced entry doesn’t just happen in action movies. In a 2017 analysis, Dashlane found that many of our most famous protagonists in business—including Apple, Dropbox, Google, Twitter, Venmo, and Walmart—do not have policies in place to prevent brute-force attacks on their websites.
Best Use of Biometrics—rom retina scanners to fingerprint identification, these nominees use science to their advantage.
- Charlie’s Angels – In this 2000 feature film remake of the classic series, the Angels seem to know as much about biometrics as they do Bosley and steal everything from fingerprints to iris scans.
- Judge Dredd – Ahead of its time for a movie released in 1995 and set in 2080, Judge Dredd features palm, fingerprint, and voice print recognition/identification, among other uses of biometrics.
- Minority Report – Pre the touchy Touch ID IRL, there was the iLens used by the PreCrime police department in Minority Report, one of the most memorable uses of biometrics in modern day movies.
- Mission Impossible 5 – “Desperate times, desperate measures, sir.” And indeed they must be, as Cruise’s character tranquilizes a prime minister to gain access to a virtual red box that can only be opened by the PM’s fingerprint, retinal scan, and voice recognition. #ThePromptIsKipling
Best Password in a Children’s Film — Kids use passwords, too!
- Babe – While we definitely don’t recommend you share passwords, these animals do so adorably with “baa ram ewe.”
- The Incredibles – “KRONOS” is the password for the villain Syndrome’s database, which pits retired Supers against the battle robot Omnidroid. Fans of the movie may also remember Edna Mode’s biometrics-fueled entry into her secret den.
- Pink Panther 2 – Passwords should be even more complicated than the various pronunciations of “hamburger” in this scene.
- The Secret Life of Pets – Snowball the bunny knows that you don’t ask the leader for the password, and with a password manager, you’ll never have to ask anyone again.
Dashlane Pro Tip: Even before they can get into PG-13 movies, it’s never too early to have “the tech talk” with your kids about password hygiene.
Most Expensive Password Ever Filmed—From filming in Monte Carlo and New Zealand, to bankrolling magical adventure for almost a decade, these aren’t your indie flick passwords.
- Goldeneye – “Chair“— 60 million USD in 1995 is nothing to scoff at.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – “Caput Draconis” — The first password in seven (very expensive) Harry Potter films means “Dragon’s Head.”
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – “Fortuna Major” — It cost 130 million USD to get the fat lady to sing…the password. In this case a password literally meaning “greater fortune” in Latin. Cheeky, very cheeky.
- Lord of the Rings – “Mellon“— 93 million USD to gallivant around New Zealand and the password was literally written on the door!
Pass the Popcorn…and the Password Manager
According to Dashlane findings, the average internet user has 150 online accounts that require a password. For maximum security, this means a person would need to memorize 150 unique, complex passwords, and change them often.
Password managers like Dashlane can help protect you on any device. In addition to creating unique strong passwords for all of your accounts, Dashlane ensures you’re not reusing passwords for multiple accounts, alerts you when breaches occur, and lets you change your passwords automatically in one click.
And The Winner Is…