When will people learn to stop using ‘123456’ and ‘password’ as online passwords?
Is there such a thing as a perfect password? Probably not, but there are definitely dozens, if not hundreds, of imperfect ones.
Some of the most common mistakes both desktop and mobile users insist on making while in a hurry or just to ensure they’ll never forget their passcodes to different websites, apps and services include entering too few characters, only numbers or only lowercase letters, as well as personal data like birthdays or names.
Then you have your open invitations to hackers, where you can’t even act upset if someone “cracks” your password. Honestly now, you don’t need to be trained by Mr. Robot to try “123456”, “password”, “12345678”, and “qwerty”, in this order, when you want unlawful access to a random individual’s Netflix credentials.
Those are, according to SplashData’s research, the four most used and also the four worst passwords in the world nowadays, followed closely by “12345”, “123456789”, “football” (seriously, guys?), “1234”, “1234567”, and “baseball.”
Not much has changed in this infamous top ten since last year, with the gold and silver medalists the same as before, and “12345” down two positions, from its bronze medal spot for 2014.
Meanwhile, we have a bunch of new entries ranked between #11 and #25, including “welcome” (oh, come on!), “1qaz2wsx” (not as clever as you thought, huh?), “login”, “princess”, “solo”, and “starwars.” What, no Jedi? Luke? Darth Vader? Chewbacca? Nope, but “passw0rd”, with a digit predictably replacing a letter, does make the chart, at number 24.
Here’s the thing, everybody – if your password is easy to remember, chances are it’s also super-easy to hack. So, be sure to make it as long, varied and random as possible, or be prepared to pay the consequences.