The 25 worst passwords of 2015 are so easy to guess it's ridiculous

By Samantha Luiz
21 January 2016

Yes, some people are still using 123456 as their password despite repeated warnings from fraud experts.

Splashdata's 2015 edition of its annual "Worst Passwords" list is out and the results are concerning.

The list, which is made up of the millions of stolen passwords made public, shows that a lot of people are still using passwords that easily hacked.

SplashData hopes the study will show how people “put themselves at risk for hacking and identity theft”.

Here are the most common passwords of 2015, ranked in popularity:

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. monkey

19. letmein

20. login

21. princess

22. qwertyuiop

23. solo

24. passw0rd

25. starwars

Here are some tips on how you can create a strong password:

1. The longer the better. Try to come up with a password that's between 12-14 characters long.

2. Mix it up by including numbers, symbols, capital letters and lower-case letters.

3. Try to stay away from obvious dictionary words.

4. Don't use your personal information. Birthdays make bad passwords.

Sources: howtogeek.com, prweb.com

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