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123456 tops yearly list of most common passwords

123456 tops yearly list of most common passwordsYoud like to think that we humans are getting progressively better at using these computer things as the years pass. But a quick scan through 2015′s list of most commonly used passwords will smash and set fire to that bit of optimistic thinking.

For a fifth straight year, the secure phrases 123456 and password were the most-used and second-most-used passwords by Interneters in North America and Western Europe, according to SplashDatas annual Worst Passwords ranking.

The company, which develops password management software, uses aggregations of leaked passwords as sample sizes to determine the most popular security phrases in circulation. Though 123456 and password have been the most abundant among the millions of leaked passwords analyzed yearly by SplashData since 2011, security expert and author Mike Burkett (whos collaborated with the company on its annual lists) has had the passphrases marked as No. 1 and 2 on his Worst Passwords of All Time list since 2005.

Other worst passwords on SplashDatas latest list were qwerty, football, dragon, and 111111.

Read the entire 2015 ranking below:
123456 tops yearly list of most common passwords

Scary, but at least were beginning to see some horribly insecure Star Wars passwords in the mix! (Next best thing to horribly insecure Spaceballs passwords.)
Seriously, though: If your password is on the list above, do yourself a favor and change it now.

Source: Yahoo! News
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