The 25 worst passwords of 2015

The 25 worst passwords of 2015

Matt Blowes January 23, 2016 IT Trends, Security

The most common password in 2015? 123456

Runner-up? password

Splashdata's annual "Worst Passwords List" (pictured below) offers few surprises. One of the new passwords on the list is of course, "starwars". It goes without saying that passwords in the top 25 are both are obvious and easily hacked.

The good news? The message that longer passwords are more secure is slowly getting through. However obvious long passwords are just as insecure as obvious short passwords. Any security benefit from length is lost.

The best password you can create is generally a bizarre but creative phrase, at least 16 characters long and including numbers and symbols. Eg. "mym0ther15ash!nyredb4ll" or "agR33nc@tiz4sadca+". Other security methods, like two-factor authentication, can significantly boost security as well.

What to know more? Test your password strength or see four steps to create a secure password.

Worst Passwords of 2015

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