25 Worst Passwords in the world has been Revealed! Is Yours One of Them?

Due to the rate at which people's accounts are being accessed by cyber-criminals a report has been released to reveal the most popular password used by users all over the world.

According to this report, world’s most used passwords from 2015 and 2016 were “123456” followed closely by “password” itself. And to make matters worse, out of the Top 25 over a third (40%) were lazy combinations of those first two passwords.

Also on the list were shockers such as “solo”, “starwars” and even “princess” more than likely referring to the latest Star Wars movie that has been top of mind for many.

Perennial favorites like “qwerty” and “1qaz2wsx” also appear on the list, as people continue to think that using a pattern on their keyboard will thwart the cybercriminals – who, by the way, have known about that technique for years!

  1.     123456
  2.     password
  3.     12345678
  4.     qwerty
  5.     12345
  6.     123456789
  7.     football
  8.     1234
  9.     1234567
  10.     baseball
  11.     welcome
  12.     1234567890
  13.     abc123
  14.     111111
  15.     1qaz2wsx
  16.     dragon
  17.     master
  18.     password123
  19.     letmein
  20.     login
  21.     princess
  22.     qwertyuiop
  23.     solo
  24.     passw0rd
  25.     starwars

But the important question is do people use passwords that are easy to guess.
Having to think of a new and unique password these days is annoying and frustrating, especially when we’re all being told to create different passwords for every online account we have.  For some of us, that’s hundreds of accounts!

So what is the solution?  Here are some password tips:

1. Use a unique password for each of your important accounts

2. Use a different password for each of your important accounts, like your email and online banking accounts. Re-using passwords is risky. If someone figures out your password for one account, it's possible they could get access to your personal information, or other online services like shopping or banking.
Use a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols in your password

3. Using numbers, symbols and mix of upper and lower case letters in your password makes it harder for someone to guess your password. For example, an eight-character password with numbers, symbols and mixed-case letters is harder to guess because it has 30,000 times as many possible combinations than an eight-character password with only lower case letters.
Don’t use personal information or common words as a password

4. Create a unique password that's unrelated to your personal information and uses a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. For example, you can select a random word or phrase and insert letters and numbers into the beginning, middle, and end to make it extra difficult to guess (such as "sPo0kyh@ll0w3En"). Don’t use simple words or phrases like "password" or "letmein," keyboard patterns such as "qwerty" or "qazwsx," or sequential patterns such as "abcd1234" which make your password easier to guess.
Make sure your backup password options are up-to-date and secure

5.  For email accounts/social media, update your recovery email address regularly so that you can receive emails in case you need to reset your password. You can also add a recovery phone number to receive password reset codes via text message.

6.  Many websites will also give you the option of answering a security question if you forget your password. If you create your own question, try to come up with one that has an answer only you would know. The answer shouldn't be something that someone can guess by scanning information you've posted on blogs or social networking sites.

7.  If you are asked to choose a question from a list, like the city where you were born, try to find a way to make your answer unique by using some of the tips above. That way even if someone guesses the answer, they won't know how to enter it correctly.
Keep your passwords secure

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