The Worst Passwords of 2015
Lifestyle| | By Felissa Allard
It may seem like a no-brainer, but a new list shows that people are still remarkably bad at picking passwords.
SplashData, a password management firm, has compiled and released their list of the 25 worst passwords for 2015. It’s hard to believe, but people still actually use “123456” and the word “password.” Plus, five of the top ten worst ones, all use variations of the numerical order, depending on how long or short the needed password is. What?!? Haven’t you people seen any Frontline identity theft episodes?
Rounding out the top ten, are a row of keys on the keyboard – “qwerty” – and simple ones like, “baseball” or “football.” The best new addition to the list: “starwars.”
But don’t panic, it’s easy enough to change your password to something a bit more complex and secure. SplashData recommends using longer passwords and switching them up for each website. And if a data breach keeps you up at night, try using a password manager through a company such as SplashData. Unfortunately, the days of hiding important info under the mattress are long gone.