The Worst Passwords of 2015

25/01/2016 14:22:25



Summary


SplashData, a developer of password management software, has published its annual list of the most common (worst) passwords people used with their online identities.

Despite the countless times we’ve written on Softpedia about the importance of picking and using strong passwords, with an accent on choosing a long password over a complex one, people still keep failing to protect their personal details.

Why is it important to choose a long or complex password? Because short or common passphrases, even if encrypted, can be broken in a matter of minutes or hours with almost any competent password cracking tool.

That being said, on SplahsData's list of worst passwords of 2015, 123456 nabbed the top stop once again, just like in 2014.

If you imagine that's bad, the rest of the top 10 is filled with other masterpieces like password, 12345678, qwerty, 12345, 123456789, football, 1234, 1234567, and baseball.

Some people got creative with their passwords, but they still kept choosing common words like mustang, access, letmein, master, shadow, superman, michael, monkey, and so on, all of which wouldn't stand more than 10 minutes in a brute-force dictionary attack.

Besides the super-hero and the surname theme, this year, people also had a sports obsession, with many choosing passwords such as football, hockey, soccer, steelers, yankees, rangers, lakers.


RankPasswordChange from 2014
1123456No Change
2passwordNo Change
312345678Up 1
4qwertyUp 1
512345Down 2
6123456789No Change
7footballUp 3
81234Down 1
91234567Up 2
10baseballDown 2
11welcomeNew
121234567890New
13abc123Up 1
14111111Up 1
151qaz2wsxNew
16dragonDown 7
17masterUp 2
18monkeyDown 6
19letmeinDown 6
20loginNew
21princessNew
22qweertyuiopNew
23soloNew
24passw0rdNew
25starwarsNew

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