Cyber security company SplashData has completed a study on the worst — aka least secure — passwords of the past year and not only are they as bad as you might think, you might have used one.
The company says it “estimates that almost 10 per cent of people” have used at least one of this year’s selection of the 25 worst passwords, and “nearly 3 per cent of people” have used the outright worst password, 123456, according to a report in The Independent.
The top 5 worst passwords are: 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty and 12345.
The list was compiled from more than five million passwords that leaked during the year. Most experts advise that you choose a password at least 12 characters long that mixes different character types and both upper- and lowercase letters.
The top 25 worst choices for a password are:
- 123456 (unchanged from 2016 list)
- password (unchanged)
- 12345678 (up one place)
- qwerty (up two places)
- 12345 (down two places)
- 123456789 (new entry)
- letmein (new entry)
- 1234567 (unchanged)
- football (down four places)
- iloveyou (new entry)
- admin (up four places)
- welcome (unchanged)
- monkey (new entry)
- login (down three places)
- abc123 (down one place)
- starwars (new entry)
- 123123 (new entry)
- dragon (up one place)
- passw0rd (down one place)
- master (up one place)
- hello (new entry)
- freedom (new entry)
- whatever (new entry)
- qazwsx (new entry)
- trustno1 (new entry)
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