Believe it or not, ‘password’ is still one of the world’s most popular passwords.
Despite the increasing prevalence of cybercrime, we still haven’t gotten any better at setting our passwords.
SplashData, a company that makes password-management applications, has released its annual list of the year’s most common passwords, and although they’re getting longer, they’re not getting any smarter.
For the first time, ‘1234567890’ and ‘qwertyuiop’ (the top row of keys on a standard keyboard) made the list. These examples are longer than classic password fails like ‘1234’ and ‘qwerty’, but the experts say they’re not any harder for hackers to guess.
“We have seen an effort by many people to be more secure by adding characters to passwords, but if these longer passwords are based on simple patterns, they will put you in just as much risk of having your identity stolen by hackers,” SplashData chief executive Morgan Slain said in a statement.
2015’s most common passwords can also be seen as a reflection of the year’s pop culture — for the first time, ‘starwars’ and ‘solo’ made the list.
The data that was used to create the list was compiled from more than two million leaked passwords posted online by hackers, most of which came from North America and Western Europe. But don’t kid yourself — with over 39,000 reported cases of cybercrime in Australia last year alone, it’s unlikely that we’re doing any better.
So, how can you avoid becoming a statistic? SplashData recommends that good passwords should include at least 12 characters with combinations of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters.
And, obviously, you’ll want to avoid using any of the passwords on this list.
The most common passwords of 2015, according to SplashData
Has this list inspired you to change your passwords? Let us know in the comments below! Or, you know, maybe keep it to yourself…