We’re forever being warned about the need to use strong and unique passwords in order to keep our data and online accounts secure.
However, according to new data, it seems warnings about the importance of password security continue to fall on deaf ears for the vast majority of us.
Security specialists have now revealed the 25 most common passwords for 2016.
The list makes for pretty depressing reading and highlight how fast and loose many users are regarding password security.
The passwords to feature on the list are so bad that they could be guessed in just a few seconds.
Some of the most common passwords for 2016 include “123456”, “qwerty” and “password”.
According to password manager firmKeeper, who compiled the list, more than 50 percent of people use the passwords featured on the list, with a whopping 17 percent of using having “123456” as the only protection between them and someone else being able to access their account.
Keeper said it compiled the list after studying more than 10 million passwords obtained from leaked data breaches.
Somewhat predictably, the most popular password was “123456” and “qwerty”, while “google” and “11111” also featured on the list.
The list also included a few random passwords such as “3rjs1la7qe” and “18atcskd2w”, which alarmingly, could have been generated by password managers, or more likely are the passwords of bots or automated accounts designed to post spam online or carry out phishing attacks.
Keeper warned against the risk of using easy to guess passwords, especially following a number of high profile data breaches that hit the headlines in 2016.
Keeper also warned that password cracking software, increasingly used by hackers, can crack 6 digit passwords in seconds.
“While it’s important for users to be aware of the risks, a sizeable minority are never going to take the time or effort to protect themselves,” Keeper said.
“The bigger responsibility lies with website owners who fail to enforce the most basic password complexity policies.”
By obtaining someone’s password, hackers can potentially access a wealth of personal information and financial data. The best advice for users is to use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols in a password and never use the same password on multiple online accounts.
Here are the world’s top 25 most common passwords: