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The worst password for 2015 is '123456'

2016-01-21 02:18 by


California-based tech company SplashData has announced the top 25 worst passwords of 2015. The results are based on more than 2 million passwords that leaked online during the year.

On top of the list stands the "123456", just like last year. The second spot is also unchanged and holds the "password." "12345678" comes in third, and the lazy "qwerty" takes up the fourth position.

The good thing about the report is that users are coming up with longer passwords. However, they are still simple and not random. Two examples the company points to are '1234567890' and 'qwertyuiop'.

"We have seen an effort by many people to be more secure by adding characters to passwords, but if these longer passwords are based on simple patterns they will put you in just as much risk of having your identity stolen by hackers," said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData.

"As we see on the list, using common sports and pop culture terms is also a bad idea. We hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will take steps to strengthen their passwords and, most importantly, use different passwords for different websites."

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