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Predictable passwords remain too popular

You would think that, with all the horror stories about computers being hacked into, people would make at least some effort to protect their information by using a strong password. But no. The latest list of the most popular, compiled by Splash Data from 2million leaked passwords, show the old favourites remain, well, favourite. But it is encouraging to see some effort being made to throw hackers off the scent by adding a zero to the end of 123456789 as well as the use of qwertyuiop.

Here’s the list – and if your password is shown here, hang your head in shame and look on the web for a way to create a strong password that you can also remember. ]

  • 1. 123456 (unchanged)
  • 2. password (unchanged)
  • 3. 12345678 (up 1)
  • 4. qwerty (up 1)
  • 5. 12345 (down 2)
  • 6. 123456789 (unchanged)
  • 7. football (up 3)
  • 8. 1234 (down 1)
  • 9. 1234567 (up 2)
  • 10. baseball (down 2)
  • 11. welcome (New)
  • 12. 1234567890 (New)
  • 13. abc123 (up 1)
  • 14. 111111 (up 1)
  • 15. 1qaz2wsx (New)
  • 16. dragon (down 7)
  • 17. master (up 2)
  • 18. monkey (down 6)
  • 19. letmein (down 6)
  • 20. login (New)
  • 21. princess (New)
  • 22. qwertyuiop (New)
  • 23. solo (New)
  • 24. passw0rd (New)
  • 25. starwars (New)


Author
Graham Pitcher

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