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Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2015

Every year people fall victim to cyber criminals stealing their data and even their online identities. Sadly, most users are making this process easy by using the same, easy to guess passwords. SplashData has compiled a list of the most insecure passwords of 2015, and their ranking compared to last year. This list comes from more than two million passwords leaked over the course of the year. If you see any of your passwords on this list, you should strongly consider changing it. 


1 – 123456 (unchanged from 2014)
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)

 

Tips for better passwords:

  • Consider changing your password every 90 days
  • Avoid using common clues such as pet names, or maiden names, as these are easy for hackers to learn through social engineering
  • Use passwords with 12 or more characters, with mixed types (letters, numbers, symbols, upper and lower case)
  • Avoid using the same password on multiple websites
  • Use a password manager such as LastPass to organize and protect passwords for multiple domains