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25 Worst Passwords (according to the folks who like to steal them)

Posted in: Blog, Tech Tips by admin on December 21, 2015

Here’s a tip: choosing “password” as your online password is not a good idea.  In fact, unless you’re hoping to be an easy target for hackers, it’s the worst password you can possibly choose.

“Password” ranks first on SplashData’s annual list of worst internet passwords, which are ordered by how common they are. (“Passw0rd,” with a numeral zero, isn’t much smarter, ranking 18th on the list.)

Sequences of adjacent numbers or letters on the keyboard, such as “qwerty” and “123456,” and popular names, such as “ashley” and “michael,” all are common choices. Other common choices, such as “monkey” and “shadow,” are harder to explain.

SplashData created the rankings based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. Here is the complete list:

1. password 16. ashley
2. 123456 17. bailey
3.12345678 18. passw0rd
4. qwerty 19. shadow
5. abc123 20. 123123
6. monkey 21. 654321
7. 1234567 22. superman
8. letmein 23. qazwsx
9. trustno1 24. michael
10. dragon 25. football
11. baseball 16. ashley
12. 111111 17. bailey
13. iloveyou 18. passw0rd
14. master 19. shadow
15. sunshine 20. 123123

SplashData CEO Morgan Slain urges businesses and consumers using any password on the list to change them immediately.

“Hackers can easily break into many accounts just by repeatedly trying common passwords,” Slain says. “Even though people are encouraged to select secure, strong passwords, many people continue to choose weak, easy-to-guess ones, placing themselves at risk from fraud and identity theft.”

The company provided some tips for choosing secure passwords:

1. Vary different types of characters in your passwords; include numbers, letters and special characters when possible.

2. Choose passwords of eight characters or more. Separate short words with spaces or underscores.

3. Don’t use the same password and username combination for multiple websites.  Use an online password manager to keep track of your different accounts.