January 21, 2016 7:14 pm

Top Worst Passwords That You Should Avoid

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Passwords are the first line of defense against cyber criminals. Commonly, people thought the longer password they use will make it stronger. But is that so? Not really. Because the fact is, passwords are getting longer, but not all of them getting stronger. According to SplashData, a company based in California that makes password-management applications, “123456” and “password” are the top worst passwords in 2015. SplashData has announced the 2015 edition of its annual Worst Passwords List, highlighting the insecure password habits of Internet users.

Easy Password Concept on LaptopWhy are they calling it the worst passwords? Because the list contains the most commonly used passwords by Internet users, reveals many people continue to put themselves at risk for hacking and identity theft by using weak and easily guessable passwords. By choosing those passwords, it will be an easy job for hackers to hack your account. SplashData compiled data from more than 2 million leaked passwords that were posted online by hackers. Most of the data came from people in North America and Western Europe.

Check out below worst passwords that you should avoid :

  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

It is strongly suggested that anyone using the worst passwords as mentioned above to change them immediately. Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData said in a statement :

“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 they will put you in just as much risk of having your identity stolen by hackers,”

For example, “1234567890”, “1qaz2wsx” (first two columns of main keys on a standard keyboard), and “qwertyuiop” (top row of keys on a standard keyboard) all appear in the top 25 list for the first time, but they are each based on simple patterns that would be easily guessable by hackers.

????????????????????????????????????The company hopes the worst passwords list will be a wake-up call for people to start using more secure passwords. Until all passwords are replaced with fingerprint readers, facial or voice recognition, most experts agree that strong passwords are random (no obvious words and combinations); and should include at least 12 characters or more with combinations of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters. And be sure to change your passwords periodically.