passwords

Two Pew Research Center surveys found that Americans feel privacy is important in their daily lives in a number of essential ways. But are people ready to take responsibility for their own data and privacy security? That’s another story, if we’re to browse the top 25 leaked passwords of 2015. The list was made by SplashData which ranked the most frequent entries found among the millions of stolen passwords made public throughout the last twelve months. The most popular? The old classic “123456”. Next, “password”. *facepalm. Some were a bit more creative and replaced “o” with “0”. That didn’t fool anyone, and for the first time “passw0rd” made the list. Among the list we can also find animal names, sports or popular blockbusters like “starwars”.

Here’s the entire list:

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)

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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)

What’s the best password?

The hardest to crack password might be a poem, according to a study ZME Science reported earlier. Here are some randomly generated passwords:

“The warnings nonetheless displayed
the legends undergo brocade”

“The homer ever celebrate
the Asia gator concentrate”

“Montero manages translates
the Dayton artist fluctuates”

“The market doesn’t escalate
or hiring purple tolerate”

“And Jenny licensed appetite
and civic fiscal oversight”

Make your own here.