If you went to see the preview of “The Force Awakens” and changed all your passwords to “starwars” the next day, then you are using one of the 25 worst passwords people used in 2015. The name of the much-loved franchise made it to the top next to world famous “1234” and the lengthier “123456”.
SplashData announced in a press release a list comprising 25 worst passwords people used in 2015. Among the contenders, there are classics like “1234”, “12345” and “123456”. Their simple nature is only matched by the “qwerty” password.
But people are not that imaginative as they think because a lot of them thought they were really clever and original by using “1qaz2wsx”, and they were, just them and the other million or so people that were using the exact combination.
It seems that obvious is the secret behind the 25 worst passwords people used in 2015 because the majority were just easy to remember keyboard combinations. Apart from these, users worldwide thought that nobody would ever hack an account that was protected by the mighty password “password” or “football”, or, the public’s favorite “starwars” character, “solo”.
Here is the complete list of 25 worst passwords people used in 2015. They are ranked in accordance to their popularity, and the ones marked with an “N” are new additions to this list that is as old as the internet.
- welcome N
- 1234567890 N
- 1qaz2wsx N
- login N
- princess N
- qwertyuiop N
- solo N
- passw0rd N
- starwars N
These passwords were named the worst not only because of their increased popularity, but also because they are simple enough to be guessed by a middle schooler trying to hack into the parent’s e-mail to delete his latest grade report.
Specialists advise people that recognized their password in the list above to change it as soon as possible because online information theft is a serious matter and must be prevented any way possible.
In order to help those that lack the imagination of creating a more complex password than “1234”, the “Times” advises people to use password management applications that are available in the App store. The downside of using such a tool is, still a higher risk of being hacked, but, this time, they go after the App first.
The best way to create a good password is to, firstly and most important, avoid the 25 worst passwords people used in 2015 list and to think about an inside joke that you have with yourself. Like the name of the character in a book that you once read and thought was cool and a funny color, or the name of your boss linked to a funny activity or facial expression. It’s easy to remember and hard to hack.
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