Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2016 Reveals that Nothing Has Changed
Article by George Norman
On 26 Jan 2017
For the past six years, SplashData has been publishing an annual report that highlights the year’s worst passwords. For its sixth annual report, the company analyzed more than 5 million passwords that were leaked online throughout 2016 and uncovered that… people still haven’t learned to pick a strong password.

The top 2 worst passwords for 2016 are "123456" and "password". The top 2 worst passwords for 2015 were "123456" and "password". The top 2 worst passwords for 2014 were "123456" and "password". The same goes for 2013, 2012, and 2011. For the past six years, the top 2 entries have always been "123456" and "password".


And that’s not all. There other things to be concerned about.

Passwords should be made up of numbers, letters (both uppercase and lowercase), and special characters. Yet 5 out of the top 10 passwords on SplashData’s 2016 Worst Passwords report are comprised of numbers only. And 12 out of the top 25 passwords are simple words, like "princess", "master" or "sunshine".

You should never, ever use "password" as you password. Since we’ve already established that people do that, the other worrying thing is that people think variations like "passw0rd" or "password1" will make a difference. "Making minor modifications to an easily guessable password does not make it secure, and hackers will take advantage of these tendencies,” says SplashData CEO Morgan Slain.

Speaking about easily guessable passwords, the report includes passwords like "admin", "qwerty", "121212" or "zaq1zaq1".

SplashData’s Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2016 (infographic)

Via TeamsID.

"Our hope is that by researching and putting out this list each year, people will realize how risky it is to use these common logins, and they will take steps to strengthen their passwords and use different passwords for different websites," explained Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, Inc.

Picking a lousy password is just one of several things you do to make a cybercriminal's life easier.

Tags: infographic, password, security, SplashData, Worst Passwords of 2106
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 21 Jul 2017
Firefox Focus for Android, the ad-blocking browser that Mozilla rolled out back in June, has reached a very important milestone: 1 million downloads. To celebrate this joyous occasion, Mozilla decided to update the browser and add 3 features that people had been asking for.
By George Norman on 21 Jul 2017
Unto the Evil, Hell Followed and Bloodfall, the 3 multiplayer DLCs that used to cost money, are now free for anyone who owns the brutally fun first person shooter, Doom. And that’s not all that Update 6.66 has to offer.
Related News
By George Norman on 27 Feb 2017
Getting a smart camera, smart TV, smart fridge, and other smart devices may seem like a good idea at first. I mean, who wouldn’t want to reap the benefits of living in a smart home? Things don’t look so upbeat when you...
By George Norman on 19 May 2017
I for one would rather stay inside where it’s cool and I can play video games in comfort. So what if I’m spending my summer in front of a screen? Groupon says that you will too!
By George Norman on 29 Mar 2017
What should you do when you have 5, 10, 15, or 30 minutes for a break? If you're drawing a blank and can't think of anything, come check out these 16 useful ideas.
By George Norman on 22 Mar 2017
In the late nineties, when it dawned on people that there’s money to be made from this internet doohickey, tech startups sprung up like mushrooms after rain. This led to the Dot-Com Bubble, a period of time when investors were willing to give millions to companies that had no...
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2016 Reveals that Nothing Has Changed
HTML Linking Code