‘Password’ and ‘123456’ Once Again Top Most Popular Password List for 2015 (So Please Change Yours)

By Paul Riegler on 20 January 2016
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Choosing a new password is as easy as “123456,” at least for some.

Password management company SplashData released its annual list of commonly used passwords and the company’s findings reveal that computer users not only continue to ignore exhortations from security experts but also ignore the significant publicity that the annual list generates.

The two top passwords on the list are the same as last year’s, namely “123456” and (with apologies to Allen Ludden) “password.” The 2015 list reveals, among other things, that football may have overtaken baseball in popularity and that millions of users believe that substituting the number “0” for the letter “o” to create “passw0rd” would somehow be secure, although that may be a result of some password validation routines insisting that the password include at least one numeric character.

The issue of password security for travelers is crucial, in part because most travelers find themselves using public Wi-Fi networks. Most Wi-Fi hotspots are not secure and don’t encrypt the information you send over the Internet (hint: if a network doesn’t require a WPA or WPA2 password, it’s probably not secure).

Other best practices include using a Virtual Private Network, using your smartphone’s data network instead of Wi-Fi, only sending personal information to websites you know are encrypted, and using unique user names and passwords for each account.

Here’s the complete list. If you see your password on it, or if yours even remotely resembles one on the list, change it now.

1.)       123456
2.)       password
3.)       12345678
4.)       qwerty
5.)       12345
6.)       123456789
7.)       football (up 3 this year)
8.)       1234
9.)       1234567
10.)     baseball (down 2 this year)
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

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