People still stick to easy-to-guess passwords, according to ‘Worst Passwords’ list

(NBC News)–Even in the wake of data hacks and security breaches, a study of 2 million leaked online passwords shows that people stick to simplicity–even as simple as the password “password.”

Popular “Star Wars”-related terms such as “starwars,” “solo” and “princess” were new entries on the annual list. SplashData, a password management applications company, has released the list annually since 2011.

“Star Wars” terms aside, the 2015 list wasn’t all that different from 2014 and years prior. “123456” and “password” once again were the most commonly used passwords, as they have been since 2011. Six of the top 10 passwords for 2015 were simple numerical sequences (“1234,” “12345,” “123456” and so on).

The passwords evaluated are mostly from North American and Western European users.

SplashData’s Top 25 “Worst Passwords of 2015”:

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

SplashData said on its website that the list “shows that many people continue to put themselves at risk for hacking and identity theft by using weak, easily guessable passwords.”

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