While a secure password can help protect everything from emails and personal photos to banking details, some people still aren’t getting the message, with millions opting for the same, simple options that are a gift to hackers.
SplashData has released its annual list of the 25 worst passwords and despite high-profile cases such as the Ashley Madison and T-Mobile hacks perennial favourites “123456” and “password” are still top of the list.
Releasing the list SplashData said: “Since the most popular passwords are so common, these popular passwords would be among the very first tried by any hacker or malicious ‘cracking’ program. When you choose a password, you want something unique, complex, and unusual, and you want to make sure you use different passwords for different sites.
“Since exposure is constantly increasing - more sites being hacked, more passwords at risk - it’s almost inevitable that some of your logins somewhere will be exposed. You just want to make sure that exposure doesn’t have a cascading effect on your other logins, especially at more valuable sites and services (e.g., email and financial services).”
Anyway, we think you get it, here is the full list:
If you see your password above, we recommend you get that changed.