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Everyone still has '1234' as their password

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You think you’re so clever, don’t you?

You never have to ring IT after locking yourself out of your work computer. You never click on that patronising ‘forgot password?’ link, do you?

Well, now you’ve been rumbled. Now we know that instead of a mind palace memory you’re just using the word ‘password’, you idiot.

This revelation comes after the announcement of the fifth annual SplashData chart which showed that people are still using ridiculously obvious and easy to guess passwords. The firm aggregated the passwords from around two million that were leaked in 2015 and found that the most popular password is, you guessed it, “123456” with “password” coming in second.

How any of us have any money or our identities left is a miracle, it’s like leaving the keys to your house under that out-of-place rock on your door step.

Other classics from the list include “dragon” for some reason at 9 and “letmein” at 13.

SplashData recommends that people create passwords with at least eight mixed characters.

Check.

It also says that you shouldn’t use the same password on more than one site.

Damn.

Rank

Password

Change from 2014

1

123456

Unchanged

2

password

Unchanged

3

12345678

Up 1

4

qwerty

Up 1

5

12345

Down 2

6

123456789

Unchanged

7

football

Up 3

8

1234

Down 1

9

1234567

Up 2

10

baseball

Down 2

11

welcome

New

12

1234567890

New

13

abc123

Up 1

14

111111

Up 1

15

1qaz2wsx

New

16

dragon

Down 7

17

master

Up 2

18

monkey

Down 6

19

letmein

Down 6

20

login

New

21

princess

New

22

qwertyuiop

New

23

solo

New

24

passw0rd

New

25

starwars

New

 

 

 

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