SplashData has revealed its 2015 list of the worst passwords

SplashData has released its annual ‘Worst Passwords List’ for 2015.

SplashData has revealed its 2015 list of the worst passwords

SplashData has released its fifth annual ‘Worst Passwords List’, which once again highlights the unsecure passwords used by internet users the world over.

On this year’s list, we see the emergence of longer passwords, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re any more secure. Take for example the absolute worst password, which is ‘123456’ and a newcomer to the list ‘1234567890’ – as you can see, longer, but by no means more secure.

The top two passwords on the list remain unchanged from last year, in fact, whilst they’ve swapped rankings, they have otherwise been the same since 2011.

The longer passwords show that internet users are at least being a little more cautious, but they are so ineffectual that they may as well be ‘1234 let the hackers in the door’ (hey, that’s not such a bad password!).

According to CEO of SplashData Morgan Slain, “We have seen an effort by many people to be more secure by adding characters to passwords, but if these longer passwords are based on simple patterns [it] will put you [at] just as much risk of having your identity stolen by hackers”.

SplashData offers these three simple tips to help protect you:

  • use passwords or passphrases of twelve or more letters with mixed types of characters
  • avoid using the same password over and over again on different websites
  • use a password manager such as TeamID to organise and protect your passwords, generate random passwords and automatically log in to websites.

Anyway, here are the top 25 worst passwords of 2015. Here’s hoping that none of you use any them.

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

What’s the worst password you have used? Have you used any of these passwords? If so, you need to change them. So check out our data security article for some handy hints on choosing better passwords.

Read more at www.teamsid.com

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    Richard
    22nd Jan 2016
    9:30am
    Whew. Thank God my password - opensezme - isn't on the list.
    Mamacrystal
    22nd Jan 2016
    10:53am
    lol
    Mamacrystal
    22nd Jan 2016
    10:53am
    lol
    heyyybob
    22nd Jan 2016
    11:13am
    Gazinga !!

    lol
    Suzie
    22nd Jan 2016
    8:36pm
    Or abracadabra..lol

    22nd Jan 2016
    9:04pm
    I encourage kids I teach to be more creative by telling them of the very easy to remember, complex password I set up for someone once.

    It's Aalur4wry&f

    It's OK, I know that person isn't using it any more.

    How is it easy to remember? Think of the national anthem.

    Variations on that theme can deliver plenty more good passwords.
    margie
    24th Jan 2016
    10:24am
    I love that Barak, very clever. The only thing that annoys me is we are told to use a different password for different applications, who could possibly remember so many and if we could, who would remember which application each one is for?
    Hawkeye
    22nd Jan 2016
    11:32pm
    Like I said last year, install and use "LastPass"
    Marjie
    29th Apr 2016
    11:32pm
    My partner needed a password at his work some years ago, he was not computer savvy and didn't want anything too long - I asked him what he had used - he said one so I assumed he meant ONE but in fact he just put 1 - I was in hysterics but it worked for him!!!


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