Username and Passwords act like entry doors to web services and if their usage is misinterpreted can bring havoc into the lives of service users. SplashData which makes applications for password management has released its annual list of 25 worst passwords used in previous year.
The collection is based on more than 2 million leaked passwords in 2015 mostly used by people in North America and Western Europe.
According to SplashData analysis, out of the twenty five worst passwords, which have been used “123456” and the word “Password” are being used repeatedly by users from the past few years.
Three Star Wars themed passwords “Starwars”, “Solo” and “Princess” are new additions to the annual list. This perhaps shows how much “The Force Awakens” was driving in fans minds last year.
The above list should act as a wake up call for people who still use weak passwords while accessing web services or while accessing something secure.
Experts suggest that strong passwords must and should be random (no obvious words and combinations); long (more than 12 characters); and should constitute a mix of number, letters and symbols.
Also passwords should be changed on a periodic note.