Stop using poor passwords! Here are 25 fail-worthy ideas

It's Morgan Slain's noble quest to slay the dragon of bad passwords

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These are 25 of the “worst” passwords, at least, in the opinion of a password-manager vendor. As you might expect, they're all stupid. 

They're the most frequently-used guessable passwords, culled from recently-hacked lists. So if 123456 is too prosaic for you these days, how about 1qaz2wsx?

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What's the craic? Zack Whittaker wants us to know about the worst passwords of 2015:

SplashData analyzed the most common passwords used over the past year from more than 2 million leaked passwords.

Many of the passwords remain unchanged...from the year prior, but many -- including "qwerty," and...terms like "football" and "master" have been more frequently used.

With the release of the latest Star Wars...it's of little surprise to find that new passwords added to the list include "princess," "solo," and "starwars."


Obi-Wan would turn in his grave. Amanda Kooser screams, Enough with "123456" already!

As much as I hate it when a website tells me my password needs to include 25 non-repeating letters in both capitals and lowercase...at least nine special characters...and five numbers...I know the site at least has my safety and security in mind.

"12345678" comes in third, and the lazy "qwerty" takes up the fourth position. ... The 2015 list includes some attempts at longer passwords, such as "1234567890" and "qwertyuiop."


Where's the horse's mouth? Here's SplashData CEO Morgan Slain, saying the list, shows people continue putting themselves at risk:

We have seen an effort by many people to be more secure by adding characters...but if these longer passwords are based on simple patterns that will put you in just as much risk of having your identity stolen.

Using common sports and pop culture terms is also a bad idea. 

We hope that...more people will take steps to strengthen their passwords and, most importantly, use different passwords for different websites.


And whose name is easy for you to say? Paul Szoldra—These are the worst passwords you can use:

You might think people are starting to get wise about online security.

It's important to note that these choices are incredibly easy for a hacker to guess. Many of the most common passwords are loaded into software designed to crack accounts.

So if your password is on the list, you should change it immediately.


But we all know the standard advice. Ho hum. So Jamie Condliffe feels the need to give us something different—The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2015: We're All Such Idiots:

Here’s the best piece of advice we have:

Stop being such ****ing idiots.


Update: OK, we can do better. This is Susan Allen's idea:

Something I suggest to my clients is to think of a phrase you or your parents used frequently and use the first letter of each word, making every other letter upper case, and separate the words with a character or number.

And if you *must* write it down to remember it, don't leave it on a sticky note under your keyboard at your desk...(yes, I had to tell someone that, because they couldn't figure out how someone got into their computer...)

And Finally...

No, calling 911 doesn't charge your phone


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