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Worst Passwords of 2015
Published on: January 25, 2016
SplashData has announced the 2015 edition of its annual “Worst Passwords List” highlighting the insecure password habits of Internet users. “123456” and “password” once again reign supreme as the most commonly used passwords, as they have since SplashData’s first list in 2011, demonstrating how people’s choices for passwords remain consistently risky.
“While longer passwords debut on this year’s list of most commonly used passwords, they are not necessarily more secure”
In SplashData’s fifth annual report, compiled from more than 2 million leaked passwords during the year, some new and longer passwords made their debut – perhaps showing an effort by both websites and web users to be more secure. However, the longer passwords are so simple as to make their extra length virtually worthless as a security measure.
Presenting SplashData’s “Worst Passwords of 2015”:
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SplashData offers three simple tips to help people protect themselves:
- Use passwords or passphrases of twelve characters or more with mixed types of characters
- Avoid using the same password over and over again on different websites
- Use a password manager such as SplashID to organize and protect passwords, generate random passwords, and automatically log into websites