Following last year’s PRISM scandal, one would expect even a slight increase in users’ awareness when it comes to the ease of breaking into their computers or phones. Passwords have gotten longer, but not necessarily better, as shown in SplashData’s research.
One could guess which ones made it to this year’s worst passwords list, right?! Long-term favorites, such as “1243” and “qwerty” are still people’s go-to passwords, but, they have extended them for added security. So “1234” became “123456” and its buddy “qwerty” has been extended into “qwertyuiop”. Well, at least they tried.
Other popular passwords include sports, like “baseball” or “football”, or, animate creatures, such as “monkey” or “dragon”. People got even more creative by following this year’s StarWars trend by using the movie title as a password. All such unbelievably strong passwords!
Couple examples on the list really do stand out. Such are the alpha-numeric passwords like “passw0rd” and “1qaz2wsx”. And on the other hand we have “login”, “welcome” and “letmein”. More like “letmeandanyoneelsein”.
It is about time that people stop using such “secure” and “creative” passwords. It is a well-known rule that number strings shouldn’t be used as passwords, nor standard English words. Your partner’s name or your birthdate are also not a good option.
In case you think that the recommended alpha-numeric passwords, with mixed upper and lower-case letters, and maybe a symbol, are hard to remember, there are third-party password managers that will enable you access to all of your passwords using a single, master password. Just make sure your master password is not “1234567890”, which was on the 2015’s Top Worst Passwords list.
And here you can check out the rest of them: