Finding a foolproof password can be a difficult task sometimes, so it’s understandable why people come up with the most uninspired ideas we could think of. SplashData, a password management provider, has made a tradition from publishing a list of the worst passwords every year. Even so many years after revealing what is a bad idea for a password, people are still lazy and uncreative when coming up with the codes.
SplashData puts up the worst passwords list every year
SplashData scanned a list of over 5 million passwords from all over the world which have been leaked over the past year. In the end, they discovered that people haven’t learned anything, as they still come up with the most easily deductible ideas. This year, the company released again a list of the 100 worst passwords which might put you in great danger.
Whenever they need to choose a password, people opt for the simplest strings of characters possible, which are easy to remember. These are extremely weak means for them to protect their accounts, and they often don’t realize that getting their account hacked is worse than forgetting the password.
The most unlikely passwords have entered the list, so be careful
You might make some smart guesses on what are the top entries on the worst passwords list. However, some unlikely candidates managed to make the list. Given the huge excitement around this year’s Star Wars premiere, even “starwars” was included on the list. This is a bad strategy, since pop culture references are among the first things that hackers try when crashing an account.
After making the top of the list for the past three years, “123456” won the title again. The first runner up was the most uncreative option ever, “password”. If you think replacing the “o” with a “0” or adding some extra characters to this word was efficient, you are wrong, as these variations are also on the list.
The trick is to avoid patterns, since even those options which look random can easily be hacked. The newest entry on the worst passwords list is “qazwsx”, which represents the characters on the first two columns from the left of a standard keyboard. To see if your password is on the list, check out SplashData’s official website.
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