Saturday 29 April 2017

If these are your online passwords - change them now!

Passwords
Passwords

Paul Mallon

Passwords are very important things and you should make sure they're as difficult to guess as possible - do you use these ones?

Passwords... We use them every day, on multiple websites and services. They're how we wake up our computer in the morning and the way we log into our favourite sites, pay our bills, watch videos, buy new shiny things or keep in touch with our friends.

In short, they're pretty darn important, and much of the information they guard is secret or sensitive or the kind of thing that could help someone steal your identity or money. So you would imagine that people would take the time to ensure they're as safe as possible. Nope.

A list of the most popular passwords in the world has been assembled by a company called SplashData. They got the information from the many leaked passwords which filtered out on the internet throughout 2015. Then they put them together in terms of popularity and what did they find? An alarming number of people around the world, from every walk of life, are so lazy and short-sighted that they currently use the password '123456'.

That's the most popular password for the second year in a row. And do you know what the second most popular string of potentially billions of different letters, numbers and symbols is in the field marked 'password' on millions of people's screens? That's right, it's password!

The full list is below and if you're using anything like these you should change it immediately. Just make it something personal to you, something weird and quirky, and it would still be a whole heap better than anything on here. Just remember, in most cases a hacker just needs your email address and a little bit of time to try these popular combinations. And maybe steer clear of Star Wars references! Keep safe online!

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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