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The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2017: You Sweet, Misguided Fools

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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.

 

 

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)

 

Read full article @ https://gizmodo.com/the-25-most-popular-passwords-of-2017-you-sweet-misgu-1821425092

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