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From '123456' to 'Starwars': Here are the top 10 worst passwords of 2017

Is your password on the list too?

  • Published: December 20, 2017 2:34 PM IST
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SplashData, a provider of password management applications, released its annual worst-passwords list, and there were some real clunkers in 2017. The company has released its list of the worst passwords of 2017, which includes the likes of 12341234, iloveyou, and of course, password.

Splashdata’s top-ranked horrible password was 123456, with password being second. Most of the bad passwords were too obvious and easy to guess, with strings of sequential numbers appearing six times on the top 25 list, along with abc123. The report also points towards an increased use of 12345678, which finds itself in third place, up from fourth. Other entries to top the list includes banana, iloveyou, monkey, starwars, hello, whatever, and trustno1 to name a few. The 100th worst password that people used was thunder.

“Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, starwise is a dangerous password to use,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, Inc. “Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words,” he further added.

The top 10 worst passwords of 2017 are as follows:

1. 123456

2. password

3. 12345678

4. qwerty

5. 12345

6. 123456789

7. letmein

8. 1234567

9. football

10. iloveyou

Passwords are meant to be both complicated, yet easy to remember. Some of the worst passwords used by people are easy to create and remember, but they are also the easiest to guess and hack. A lot of websites require you to create a password that is at least six digits long, and include special characters for additional safety. Studies have proved that a password that is eight characters or more is a better idea.

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  • Published Date: December 20, 2017 2:34 PM IST