Study shows people are dumb as Ever with passwords

Study shows people are dumb as Ever with passwordsA company called SplashData compiles an annual listing of the most popular passwords, based on passwords leaked in high profile data breaches over the previous year which targeted EU and U.S. users.

As might be expected, the "awards" for 2014 indicate a large number of users are still using very bad passwords -- passwords which are obvious, guessable, and/or ubiquitous. Unaware of the risk they are putting themselves at, many users cleverly opted to make "123456" or "password" their password of choice. Those top two passwords were actually unchanged since 2013.

A handful of new numeric passwords such as "696969" hit the list. As usual famous ficitional characters also popped up as new entries -- notably "batman" and "superman" (sort of like the infamous "darthvader", which wasn't on this year's list) made the ranking, as well. The full list is:

  1. 123456 (Unchanged from 2013)
  2. password (Unchanged)
  3. 12345 (Up 17)
  4. 12345678 (Down 1)
  5. qwerty (Down 1)
  6. 1234567890 (Unchanged)
  7. 1234 (Up 9)
  8. baseball (New)
  9. dragon (New)
  10. football (New)
  11. 1234567 (Down 4)
  12. monkey (Up 5)
  13. letmein (Up 1)
  14. abc123 (Down 9)
  15. 111111 (Down 8)
  16. mustang (New)
  17. access (New)
  18. shadow (Unchanged)
  19. master (New)
  20. michael (New)
  21. superman (New)
  22. 696969 (New)
  23. 123123 (Down 12)
  24. batman (New)
  25. trustno1 (Down 1)

If you're using one of these passwords, slap your palm to your forehead and then go change it immediately because you are putting your online data at risk. SplashData may be a bit of a biased party (its goal is to sell users on its LastPass competitor, SplashID), but its points are sound. You should use non-obvious passwords that are:

  • long
  • mix letters, numbers, and special characters
  • vary from site to site

A simple rule of thumb is to never use a simple numeric sequence, well known name, or dictionary word for a password. You've been warned.

Source: DailyTech

Tags: security

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Galaxy Note10 really is built around a 6.7-inch display
 
You may still be able to download your content
 
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are all going away
 
Minimize apps to a floating, always-on-top bubble
 
Japan Display has been providing LCDs for the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apple’s 2018 line-up
 
The 2001 operating system has reached its lowest share level
 
The entire TSMC 5nm design infrastructure is available now from TSMC
 
The smartphone uses a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 / 2
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (15)