Most common and worst Password of 2015-2016.
Passwords are used to keep our accounts secure, but it’s very difficult to remember complex passwords. So naturally, people are looking for shortcuts and choosing simple and easy to remember passwords(ie worst password). But unfortunately, these worst passwords are easy to guess and crack by hackers.
So, here I am going to introduce 25 most common and worst passwords used in 2015 – 2016 and after that, I will give you some tips to choose strong and secure passwords.
25 most common and worst password used in 2015
In Jan 2016, the world top password management company “Splash Data” just released its annual report of 25 worst passwords used in 2015. This report is based on more than 2 million passwords that leaked during the year.
Like in 2014, “123456”(#1) and “password”(#2) are top two common passwords 0f 2015. All numeric most common password of 2015 are ‘12345678‘, ‘12345‘, ‘123456789‘, ‘1234‘, ‘1234567‘, ‘111111‘ and ‘1234567890‘. So, if you are using any one of this change it now.
Worst password list includes ‘1qaz2wsx‘(#15 – these characters come from first two columns of Qwerty keyboard) and ‘qwertyuiop‘(#22 – these characters come from first top rows in keyboard ).
Also, several passwords in 25 worst passwords of 2015 list are inspired by one of the year’s most popular cultural events – the release of the “Star Wars” movie: ‘princess‘(#21), ‘solo‘(#23), ‘starswars‘(#25).
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‘1234567890‘ and ‘qwertyuiop‘ are 10 digit password but it’s worst password. So don’t use simple and easy pattern. As SplashData CEO Morgan Slain Said,
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.
Tips for creating more secure passwords.
- Make your password hard to guess: Avoid to use your name, birthday, pet’s name etc in passwords. And don’t use those easy-to-guess words/numbers with trivial modifications, such as changing “a” to “@” and so on.
- Make them as long and complex as you can: Use at least 14 characters, mixing letters, numbers and special characters in hard-to-guess patterns.
- Consider using a password manager: Password managers can generate long, complex and random passwords, and remember them for you. Just make sure to create a really strong password for the password manager itself, so a crook can’t grab all your passwords at once.
- Consider using two-factor authentication: Refer my article on two-factor authentication.
- One account, one password: Criminals who get a hold of one of your passwords will try it out on multiple accounts. Don’t reuse passwords – each of your accounts should have a unique password.