Its that time of year again, and the 25 most commonly used passwords of 2016 have just been released. Keeper, a cyber security firm, have analysed over 10 million passwords that were made public in 2016 due to data breaches, and have come up with the 25 most commonly used below, making them the worst passwords to use in order keep your accounts safe and secure. If you’re one of the millions of people who are using one of these passwords, then we at Tech180 highly recommend you change it immediately. Using one of the passwords on this list will open you up for your accounts being hacked, and your data compromised.
To make sure your passwords are secure, just follow these simple guidelines:
- Make sure your passwords are at least 8 characters long
- Use a combination of uppercase, lowercase and numbers in your password
- Always use different passwords for each of your accounts
- Change your passwords regularly
- Use a password manager such as LastPass to store your passwords in a secure vault, and generate complex passwords for you
Some interesting facts about this years list
- Nearly 17% of users have the password “123456”, so it should come at no suprise that it takes the top spot again.
- “18atcskd2w” appears to be popular because bots are using this password to post spam into forums.
- The 25 passwords on this list account for over 50% of the 10 million passwords that were analysied.
- People are finding ways to make long passwords insecure by using consecutive keys on their keyboard.
The 25 most used passwords (change from 2015)
- 123456 (unchanged)
- 123456789 (up 4)
- qwerty (up 1)
- 12345678 (down 1)
- 111111 (up 9)
- 1234567890 (up 6)
- 1234567 (up 2)
- password (down 6)
- 123123 (new)
- 987654321 (new)
- qwertyuiop (up 11)
- mynoob (new)
- 123321 (new)
- 666666 (new)
- 18atcskd2w (new)
- 7777777 (new)
- 1q2w3e4r (new)
- 654321 (new)
- 555555 (new)
- 3rjs1la7qe (new)
- google (new)
- 1q2w3e4r5t (new)
- 123qwe (new)
- zxcvbnm (new)
- 1q2w3e (new)