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Worst Passwords of 2015

If you are one of those persons that does not like it when you are creating a password in a form and it tells you that it's "not strong enough", then you may want to check out the list of passwords below to see if what you are creating is on the list.  Passwords are very common these days for everything from our mobile phones to online banking to Facebook.  Some of these, if compromised, can lead to other accounts that use the same login and password combo, or fully trust the application that is under siege. 

2015 Worst Passwords

2015 Worst Passwords

Here the are, the worst passwords of 2015 according to the Internet security software firm SplashData:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. football
  8. 1234
  9. 1234567
  10. baseball
  11. welcome
  12. 1234567890
  13. abc123
  14. 111111
  15. 1qaz2wsx
  16. dragon
  17. master
  18. monkey
  19. letmein
  20. login
  21. princess
  22. qwertyuiop
  23. solo
  24. passw0rd
  25. starwars

Choosing a Strong Password

Traditional passwords like the name of your kids, pets or street you grew up on are really not safe to use anymore.  Anything that can be guessed by someone that obtains information on you should not be used.  The Internet has a lot of publicly-available information, or for the right price, can have it available if someone is looking to do you or your business harm. 

Using a Passphrase

One of the best ways to making a password is something that has been trending on college campuses, and that is to create a "passphrase".    A passphrase is like a password, but it essentially is a random collection of words, opposed to just one. 

Example:  start engine green go fast

The length of the password is one of the main keys when determining how strong the password is, so passphrases are much more secure than traditional passwords.  In addition, passphrases are usually easier to remember and type than a random collection of numbers, characters and symbols. 

Passphrases are not as strong as passwords generated by password managers, however they are better for you if you are not going to be using a password manager.