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Title: The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2017: You Sweet, Misguided Fools
Source: Gizmodo
URL Source: https://gizmodo.com/the-25-most-pop ... 017-you-sweet-misgu-1821425092
Published: Dec 19, 2017
Author: Melanie Ehrenkranz
Post Date: 2017-12-22 08:38:11 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 230
Comments: 1

Photo: Getty

Every year, SplashData compiles a list of the most popular passwords based on millions of stolen logins made public in the last year. And each time, we own ourselves. Hard. 2017 is no exception.

You probably already know the top two choices: Based on more than five million leaked passwords, they are “123456” and “password.” There are also some new additions this year, including “starwars,” “monkey,” “iloveyou,” “whatever,” and “freedom,” to name a few. Most aptly, perhaps, is the new addition “letmein,” and most ironically includes “trustno1.” A password is marked as new by SplashData if it didn’t appear in the previous year’s list.

“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 hopes this list will encourage people to take better safety precautions online. But according to the data from this year and years past, we are still a bunch of idiots—our astonishingly weak passwords at the mercy of even the most amateur hackers.

SplashData noted that the passwords evaluated for this year’s list were predominantly from users in North America and Western Europe, and they did not include security breaches for either adult websites or the Yahoo hack.

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A strong password should be long and avoid common phrases. And as security breaches become the norm, it’s important that you don’t reuse your passwords. A password manager can not only help you keep track of your passwords, but it can help you generate secure ones.

Anyways, you can check out SplashData’s seventh annual list below. To which I say: areyoufuckingkiddingme1234.

1. 123456 (Unchanged)

2. Password (Unchanged)

3. 12345678 (Up 1)

4. qwerty (Up 2)

5. 12345 (Down 2)

6. 123456789 (New)

7. letmein (New)

8. 1234567 (Unchanged)

9. football (Down 4)

10. iloveyou (New)

11. admin (Up 4)

12. welcome (Unchanged)

13. monkey (New)

14. login (Down 3)

15. abc123 (Down 1)

16. starwars (New)

17. 123123 (New)

18. dragon (Up 1)

19. passw0rd (Down 1)

20. master (Up 1)

21. hello (New)

22. freedom (New)

23. whatever (New)

24. qazwsx (New)

25. trustno1 (New)


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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

Pretty funny list.

Reminded me of when I last worked in IT at a warehouse. A good number of employees were always forgetting their password. When they did, I would have to reset their password. At first, I would ask them what they wanted for a PW. It happened so much, I started giving them PW like 123456789. I would set it to last for 12 hours. Then I would tell them they would be given the option to change it. I would then give them instructions on formulating a new PW. They would either fail to make up a new PW, or they would, and would then forget that. One guy even made the 123456789 his permanent PW. Then he even forgot that ??? All company training preached to not write it down. It go so bad that each night I would have up to 10 people lined up that needed their PW changed.

I came to believe most were just doing it to take an extra break. So I picked one guy, and wrote it down, then folded it up. Told him to put it behind his kids picture. Few times of that, and no one forgot their PW anymore.

Had one guy that was pretty ingenious. He used his girlfriends bra size, plus her waist & hip measurements. Only problem, he kept changing girlfriends. Finally told him that he should stick with one PW, or I would charge him $20.00 for any future changes.

My time in IT was sometimes very funny !

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