25 Worst Passwords of 2015 Revealed
Once Again, “123456” and “password” Top the List
Passwords are required for just about everything we do online. Need to check the balance on your bank account? Enter a password. How about log into your work computer, like many of you did this morning? Enter another password. Do you need to check the results of your most-recent doctor’s appointment? Enter a different password.
Passwords often require a mind-numbing combination of lower-case letters, upper-case letters, numbers, special characters, such as #, & or @. And when you finally memorize your most-used passwords, some websites or networks require you to change them again.
Many online sites, however, will accept the simplest password. Yes, “cat” or “abc123” are easy to remember but are also weak enough to put your personal and financial information at risk for hacking and identity theft.
Before you choose something seemingly easy to remember, check out SplashData’s Worst Passwords of 2015. If one of your passwords made the list, it’s time to come up with a new one.
SplashData’s first list appeared in 2011, highlighting insecure habits of Internet users. Although the list changes a little from one year to the next, the following Top 10 were included in the 2014 list as well:
If you have no idea how to create a secure password, follow these simple steps from www.howtogeek.com.
- Choose a minimum of 12 characters. In general, longer passwords are harder to guess.
- Include numbers, symbols, capital- and lower-case letters. An example is “T9hgl;?420Jp!”
- Avoid one word passwords. Any word on its own is insecure. For instance, “peanut,” is not a strong password, but “peaNUT79%!21$” is a much tougher nut to crack.
- Don’t use obvious substitutions. For instance, replacing the letter O in “house” with a zero is too obvious.
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