SplashData software firm has come out with its 2015 edition of annual
"Worst Passwords" list, and for the third consecutive year, "123456" has
topped the list of the 25 worst passwords used this year. The second
distinction goes to "password", which has also been holding the position
for three successive years.
According to SplashData's list, the third
most dubious password is "12345678" which gained one spot from last
year. The fourth and fifth worst passwords were "qwerty" and "12345"
respectively. The "123456789" password regained sixth position, same as
Some of the other passwords that made it to the worst
list from SplashData included "football", "baseball", "welcome",
"dragon", "master", "monkey", and "passw0rd." The "starwars" also made
it to the list of top 25 worst passwords of 2015, according to the data
The new data released (via Engadget) also
shows that passwords that are based on simple patterns on the keyboard
still remain popular despite how weak they are.
It's worth noting
that SplashData's list includes data from a massive leak of passwords
that rocked 2015. The list compiles millions of passwords leaked or
posted online after security breach last year. One of the worst password
leaks of 2015 occurred in February, when a security researcher posted a
random sampling of dumps consisting of 10 million passwords alongside
The new data revealed by the software firm shows that
many people still use weak passwords which are short as four characters
and mostly use number of character sequences only. The new "Worst
Password" list also includes words like "letmein", "login", "princess",
and "solo". SplashData every year releases annual worst passwords list
is its way to spread public awareness about password security.
software firm suggests people worldwide to protect themselves by using
stronger passwords and using different set of passwords for different
The complete list of top 25 worst passwords is as follows: