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25 Worst Passwords – Is Yours On The List?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Security Help
 
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Security experts SplashData provided their annual list of the worst passwords and you may see some familiar ones on the list. The list was compiled by taking the most commons passwords from more than 2 millions passwords that were leaked in 2015.
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The top two passwords remain “123456” and “password.”  New to the list are “welcome,” “1234567890,” “1qaz2wsx,” and “passw0rd,” (spelled with a zero instead of an O. Thanks to the resurgence of the Star Wars franchise, “starwars,” “solo,” and “princess” were also new to the list.
Researchers noticed a trend towards longer passwords, but “1234567890” is not really any more secure than “123456.”
The worst passwords of 2015 are:
1. 123456 
2. password 
3. 12345678
4. qwerty 
5. 12345
6. 123456789 
7. football
8. 1234
9. 1234567
10. baseball
11. welcome
12. 1234567890
13. abc123
14. 111111
15. 1qaz2wsx
16. dragon
17. master
18. monkey
19. letmein
20. login
21. princess
22. qwertyuiop
23. solo
24. passw0rd (word is spelled with a “zero”)
25. starwars
What can you do to make your passwords safer?  Splashdata suggests that you make your password longer, at least 12 characters and mix up letters, numbers capitals and characters like exclamation marks. A password of “123456789101112” or “asdfgjkl;zxcvb” is not going to be particularly secure. Also, stop using the same password over and over again on different sites. If someone cracks one password, then they have access to everything.
They also suggest a password manager. But remember that’s only as secure as the company who provides that service, and there have been cases of password managers being hacked.
One of my favorite suggestions for creating a password can be found by clicking here.
What are your favorite strategies for creating hard to crack passwords that you can remember.? Let us know in the comments.
 ~ Cynthia

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5 Responses to “25 Worst Passwords – Is Yours On The List?”

  1. Jadesqr says:

    Hey Cynthia,
    Great followup to your “favorite suggestions..” tip. Really good tips in the ‘comments’ on that tip as well.
    Context: we used to use to same password for everything, it had to be something non-identifiable but easily input, usually with either rt. hand or left only, always observing the ‘KISS principle’.
    When ‘hacking’ became the reality, printing the ‘contact info’ sheet and the ever present 3-ring binder became the norm. Note: not all websites provide a real quality printable contact sheet; must be non-colored; short to fit 8 1/2 x 11, room for ‘header’ and ‘footer’ for visibility when leafing through them in the binder. Why isn’t that the rule for web-designers?
    Next, with improved ‘translation’ apps, converting passwords to another language was a real option. I prefer Japanese, spelled in ‘englishish’ is that a word? but made in fun, helps if you are learning a 2nd language.
    In Google settings their password feature is slick, Google being hacked and loosing all those ‘passwords’, yea like that could happen?
    Next I suppose ‘facial and/or speech recognition’ or ‘cyber password monkeys’, guess we’ll see.

  2. KD says:

    “They also suggest a password manger. ”
    Are you sure you want your passwords in a MANGER?
    Won’t the cows and the sheep get in the way?

    • Jadesqr says:

      Hey KD,
      Yeah… WHOOOSSH! That’s the sound a ‘Cynthia’ imposed PUN makes as it goes over your head. Under the circumstance ‘Manger’ seems appropriate for a place to Corral, passwords, or it could be the WorldStart spellchecker took the day off!!!

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