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The Least Secure Passwords of 2017

Each year SplashData compiles their list of the most popular passwords based on the millions of stolen logins made public during the year. The top few choices are no surprise again this year including: ‘password’ and ‘123456’. But there are a few new additions this year following some of the year’s trends including: ‘starwars’ (following the latest episodes release) and ‘trustno1’ (after the revival of The X-Files)

“Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, ‘starwars’ is a dangerous password to use,” Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, said in a press release. “Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words.”

SplashData hope that by publishing this list we will become a more secure online society but judging by the last few years, we don’t seem to be listening! For next year make sure your passwords are longer and avoid common words or phrases. You should also avoid re-using passwords on different sites as if one is compromised, all your accounts could be vulnerable. Using a password manager (such as iCloud keychain) can help keep track of your passwords as well as help generate secure ones. See the full list of passwords below:

  1. 123456 (Unchanged)
  1. Password (Unchanged)
  1. 12345678 (Up 1)
  1. qwerty (Up 2)
  1. 12345 (Down 2)
  1. 123456789 (New)
  1. letmein (New)
  1. 1234567 (Unchanged)
  1. football (Down 4)
  1. iloveyou (New)
  1. admin (Up 4)
  1. welcome (Unchanged)
  1. monkey (New)
  1. login (Down 3)
  1. abc123 (Down 1)
  1. starwars (New)
  1. 123123 (New)
  1. dragon (Up 1)
  1. passw0rd (Down 1)
  1. master (Up 1)
  1. hello (New)
  1. freedom (New)
  1. whatever (New)
  1. qazwsx (New)
  1. trustno1 (New)

Check out ‘How To Create A Strong Password’ via Lifehacker