123456 and password still remains the most popular (and the easiest to crack) passwords in 2014 which could only mean that many are still clueless as to how much of a great risk they are exposing themselves to online fraud and cyber security threats.
An annual list of top 25 most common passwords of 2014 was released by SplashData just recently based from the 3.3 million passwords leaked last year. The result is generally coming from accounts in North America and Western Europe.
Mark Burnett, author of Perfect Passwords and online security expert who helped compile and analyze this list said, “the bad news from my research is that this year’s most commonly used passwords are pretty consistent with prior years”. “The good news is that it appears that more people are moving away from using these passwords. In 2014, the top 25 passwords represented about 2.2% of passwords exposed.”
These are the 25 Worst Passwords of 2014:
Included in the list of 100 top passwords are common names (Daniel, Jennifer, Michelle and Charlie), favorite sports (football, baseball, soccer, hockey), favorite teams (eagles, rangers, and lakers), swear words, famous athletes, hobbies, film names and car brands, to name a few.
To stay safe online, SplashData advised that passwords should be changed to eight or more mix of alphanumeric characters, avoid the same username or password for different online accounts and use password managers like SplashID to protect and generate different passwords automatically when logging in to a website.