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RISK: The worst passwords of 2015


January 25, 2016   by Staff


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passwordBigger isn’t always better.

People are now using longer passwords for their online accounts but they’re often so simple hackers can easily get around them.

“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,” says Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, which analyzed more than two million leaked passwords during the year.

Some of the consistently common passwords are “123456,” “password,” “qwerty” and “football.” One of the more nonsensical codes — “1qaz2wsx” — is just the first two columns of main keys on a standard keyboard. And even new entrants — “solo,” “princess” and “starwars” — are part of well-known culture.

 

Rank Password Change from 2014
1 123456 Unchanged
2 password Unchanged
3 12345678 Up 1
4 qwerty Up 1
5 12345 Down 2
6 123456789 Unchanged
7 football Up 3
8 1234 Down 1
9 1234567 Up 2
10 baseball Down 2
11 welcome New
12 1234567890 New
13 abc123 Up 1
14 111111 Up 1
15 1qaz2wsx New
16 dragon Down 7
17 master Up 2
18 monkey Down 6
19 letmein Down 6
20 login New
21 princess New
22 qwertyuiop New
23 solo New
24 passw0rd New
25 starwars New

 

This story was originally published by Canadian Insurance Top Broker.