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Worst Passwords of 2015: ‘Starwars’ joins ‘letmein’; ‘monkey’ & ‘123456’ in list
Worst Passwords of 2015: 'Starwars' joins 'letmein', 'monkey' & '123456' in list

Worst Passwords of 2015: ‘Starwars’ joins ‘letmein’; ‘monkey’ & ‘123456’ in list

The 25 worst passwords of 2015 have been released by SplashData, indicating that many people are still failing to protect themselves online.

The number one worst password — and the same one from 2014 — was “123456.” In the number two spot was “password,” which was also in the same spot on the list as last year.

Some other new passwords showed up, such as “login,” “welcome,” and “passw0rd.” There were quite a few Star Wars fans out there as well, since new entries also included “starwars,” “solo,” and “princess.”

But it’s important to note that these choices are incredibly easy for a hacker to guess. Many of the most common passwords are loaded into software designed to crack accounts that run through a text file dictionary, trying each one, or combining words together.

So if your password is on the list, you should change it immediately.

“We hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will take steps to strengthen their passwords and, most importantly, use different passwords for different websites,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, in a statement.

Top 25 worst passwords of 2015:

  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
  25. starwars

Agencies/Canadajournal




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