A 25-Worst List to Make Your Eyes Roll

Is your password a Boov password?  If you have seen the movie Home as many times as my children, you know the best password in the world is, “My name is Oh and Captain Smek is great and anyone who does not think that is a poomp1.”  Do you ever wonder what the worst passwords are?  The ones that are easily guessed or likely to be hacked?  Due to all of the breaches in 2015, researchers at SplashData have compiled a list of the 25 worst passwords for the past year.  Word to the wise, if you see your password on the list, change it.

Which brings us to the problem with passwords – they are out of date.  What you should be using are pass phrases, or complete sentences with numerals and punctuation, whenever possible.  There are many advantages to using longer phrases and sentences rather than passwords:

  • They are easier to remember,
  • They are easier to change when you are required to,
  • They are more secure.

Most IT departments no longer limit your “password” to ten or twelve characters, so making a pass phrase is easy to do.  Consider these as examples – all include at least one upper case, lower case, a numeral and punctuation:

  • I live on 1st Street. (21 characters, because spaces count)
  • Never eat 3 soggy waffles! (26 characters)
  • I am 2x as smart as you. (24 characters)

Do not use one of these as your pass phrase, but think of a phrase that would work for you.  And if you were wondering what the worst were, here is the list, with their change in rank 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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