Announcing Our Worst Passwords of 2015

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“123456” and “password” once again reign supreme as the most commonly used passwords… demonstrating how people’s choices for passwords remain consistently risky.

…Some new and longer passwords made their debut – perhaps showing an effort by both websites and web users to be more secure. However, the longer passwords are so simple as to make their extra length virtually worthless as a security measure.  For example, “1234567890”, “1qaz2wsx” (first two columns of main keys on a standard keyboard), and “qwertyuiop” (top row of keys on a standard keyboard) all appear in the top 25 list for the first time, but they are each based on simple patterns that would be easily guessable by hackers.

Sports remain a popular password theme. While baseball may be America’s pastime, “football” has overtaken it as a popular password… When it comes to movies and pop culture, The Force may be able to protect the Jedi, but it won’t secure users who choose popular Star Wars terms such as “starwars,” “solo,” and “princess” as their passwords. All three terms are new entries on this year’s list.

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