The 6 Worst Passwords in the History of the Internet
This list of the most common passwords taken from the files that were posted online (due to security breaches) and compiled by SplashData is exactly what proves just how naive people are when choosing passwords. On the other hand, why do people choose fairly obvious passwords to begin with and what are the popular ones, used over and over again?
As some of the weakest passwords in Internet history have somewhat declined in recent years, the following list that SplashData has compiled is in the spirit of password shaming.
It would be highly prudent to change/re-examine your choices if you find your own password in this list.
Password #1: 123456
This is perhaps the most commonly used password, but not the most popular. People who use it likely can’t be bothered to take the incredibly basic step of protecting their personal information by coming up with a good password (other than this, of course). What this password means is: Come ahead cyber-hacker and access this account (and they do).
Password #2: password
Even people new to the internet won’t make this mistake! That’s sarcasm because most of them actually do make this mistake. When you choose this password, you’re really admitting to having misunderstood the question.
Password #3: 12345678
Some might say this password is inherently better than the first one. How, is my question? If by adding a ‘78’ to the number series makes you think cyber-hackers won’t be able to crack your password, than you’re just being gullible. It isn’t as if they (cyber-hackers) have sophisticated tools and lots of free time on their hand too. Again, that was sarcasm.
Password #4: qwerty
Aren’t you just clever? The password is written right on the keyboard, for everyone to see but it is like a hidden puzzle or camouflaged by all those other totally random alphabets except for the giveaway The password is right there (the first line of alphabets in the keyboard)!
Password #5: letmein
People who come up with this password don’t really think, do they? Like seriously, you might as well let everyone in with this kind of password. Then again, this password is actually better than 111111 (which is both easy to crack and easy to forget), or was it seven 1’s!?
Password #6: 1234
This is one reason why most websites don’t offer passwords having just 4 alphabets or numerical. Choosing this password as your Wi-Fi access or even desktop access password shows the world you simply can’t be bothered to make even the most basic step when it comes to protecting personal and important information.
Choosing a strong password isn’t hard to do! For people who spotted their password in this list, please use this Norton Password Generator which will help come up with strong passwords to protect your various accounts. For those whose password didn’t make the list, give yourself a pat in the back.