2015 Worst Passwords

2015 Worst Passwords

Oops, we did it again!  Despite online hacking being on the increase, it seems human kind has not yet learned to ensure our most basic internet security defence - our passwords. Whilst we spend more and more time working and sharing things online, you’d think we’d be that much wiser and aware of the need for good password security, but alas that is not the case.

SplashData has listed the 25 most popular passwords for 2015 and we thought we’d share these with you:

  • 123456 (Unchanged)
  • password (Unchanged)
  • 12345678 (Up 1)
  • qwerty (Up 1)
  • 12345 (Down 2)
  • 123456789 (Unchanged)
  • football (Up 3)
  • 1234 (Down 1)
  • 1234567 (Up 2)
  • baseball (Down 2)
  • welcome (New)
  • 1234567890 (New)
  • abc123 (Up 1)
  • 111111 (Up 1)
  • 1qaz2wsx (New)
  • dragon (Down 7)
  • master (Up 2)
  • monkey (Down 6)
  • letmein (Down 6)
  • login (New)
  • princess (New)
  • qwertyuiop (New)
  • solo (New)
  • passw0rd (New)
  • starwars (New)

Does your password appear here? If so, it’s time to make a change!

So, what makes a good password? Follow our guidelines here to improve your online security.

  • Must be at least 8 characters long
  • Mix of UPPER and LOWER case letters
  • Contains a number
  • Contains one of the commonly accepted special characters i.e. [email protected]#$%()
  • Doesn’t contain your name, or your pets names or consecutive numbers i.e. 1234!

It’s good policy to change your passwords at least every 60 days. Some social media sites have added levels of security requiring codes each time you access the site from a different IP address – Facebook has this level of security, and we recommend all Facebook page administrators follow this protocol to prevent site hacking. If you’d like more information on how to set this up, please drop our IT Manager an email – [email protected]

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Tanya has many years professional experience in marketing and advertising, working in Brisbane and on the Coast in a variety of industries. Tanya now specialises in IT Systems Development, Process Improvement, Digital Marketing and Social Media, working internally on PJT systems and assisting PJT clients.