If Your Password Is on This Top-25 List, Then Hackers Probably Know It, Too

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Almost every time you open an online account of some type, you’re urged to choose a “strong” password – meaning one that minimizes the chances of a hacker figuring it out.

But according to SplashData, a company in the online security industry, plenty of Internet users are still not heeding this advice. On Tuesday, SplashData released its “Worst Passwords of 2015” list:

Image credit: Screenshot/TeamsID.com

Image credit: Screenshot/TeamsID.com

The top six entries on the list are the same as the ones on the 2014 list, although “12345678” and “qwerty” each moved up a spot while “12345” fell from third to fifth.

Here are the other changes between the two lists:

Image credit: IJ

Image credit: Independent Journal Review

SplashData complied its list from more than two million leaked passwords during 2015. According to CEO Morgan Slain:

“We hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will take steps to strengthen their passwords and, most importantly, use different passwords for different websites.”

It recommends that people avoid reusing passwords, create their passwords using 12 or more varying characters, and/or use a password manager program.

Author: Amanda Walker

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