'Starwars' And The 24 Other Worst Passwords Of 2017

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You know those corny movie scenes, where someone hacks their boss or girlfriend or enemy's password by looking around the room and making two guesses? In real life, that would work way more often than it should. Check out this list of the 25 most-used, and thus most hackable, passwords of 2017.

SplashData, makers of the password managers SplashID, TeamsID, and Gpass, built their list from over 5 million passwords leaked in data breaches this year.

They estimate that almost 10% of computer users have used at least one of these. They recommend making longer, less obvious passwords, not reusing passwords, and getting a password manager. Which we recommend too!

"Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online," says SplashData's CEO Morgan Slain, "because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words."

So don't make your password starwars, or twinpeaks, or really any piece of popular culture. (I use a couple of passwords based on an old favourite book, but they have nothing to do with the title and they have special characters.)

In general -- and I can't say this enough -- you should use a password manager, and have it generate long, hard-to-guess passwords.

25 Most-Used Passwords of 2017

  1. 123456

  2. password

  3. 12345678

  4. qwerty

  5. 12345

  6. 123456789

  7. letmein

  8. 1234567

  9. football

  10. iloveyou

  11. admin

  12. welcome

  13. monkey

  14. login

  15. abc123

  16. starwars

  17. 123123

  18. dragon

  19. passw0rd

  20. master

  21. hello

  22. freedom

  23. whatever

  24. qazwsx

  25. trustno1

Even a robust password could get hacked if the service you use it on has bad security. That's how we can figure out the most common passwords in the first place. But a flimsy password is hackable without any breaches, and it leaves you vulnerable to the rankest amateur hackers, like prank-loving friends, revenge-seeking exes, or someone you pissed off on Facebook. Trustno1 indeed.


Comments

    Can we mark that header image as NSFW?

      In the Star Wars universe, USB-C is still to be invented

      Last edited 21/12/17 10:59 pm

      How do you think they will get clicks?

      Use a picture of R2D2 plowing a space station.

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