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The most popular passwords, proven by hacked accounts

So apparently, every year SplashData compiles a list of passwords and rates them according to occurrence. These passwords are from accounts that have been stolen and made public. There are millions of these accounts and the similarities in the passwords show the unoriginal ideas people come up with to secure their information.

Due to the sheer number of accounts that was used to support this data, you can trust what your about to see as being something that can be applied to a greater population. The reason SplashData makes this list every year, is  to make it apparent that we need to take our passwords more seriously, and stop using pop culture and sports references. SplashData also noted that the list supplied this year, is using passwords mainly from North America and Western Europe, and that adult websites and the Yahoo hack were excluded from this list.

We actually did an article a while back about password security, and how our thoughts on a strong password have changed and the best way to form a password. You can find that article by clicking here

Now, for the list of disappointments

  1. 123456
  2. Password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. letmein
  8. 1234567
  9. football
  10. iloveyou
  11. admin
  12. welcome
  13. monkey
  14. login
  15. abc123
  16. starwars
  17. 123123
  18. dragon
  19. passw0rd
  20. master
  21. hello
  22. freedom
  23. whatever
  24. qazwsx
  25. trustno1

They say great minds think alike, but it seems not so great passwords do the same thing!

It is amazing to see the thought that occupies someones mind for a split second that makes them say “hey that should be my password, no one will ever think it’s so simple and obvious!” as you turn around and high five your friend for wearing the same Starwars shirt.

Let’s try to take our online security a bit more seriously into this next year, you could even call it a new years resolution!

If you do have any concerns about other aspects of your online security or network, give us a call and let’s ensure your walls are made of hacker kryptonite! (my password is Sup3rM4n…not really)

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