Every year SplashData surveys the most common passwords and you know that the results are scary. I think it’s even scarier how they do it: they chart the passwords as revealed by leaked accounts and hacked systems, by all the many, many security breaches that are reported every year. There is always enough data to make the survey statistically significant, which means even if you haven’t had your password cracked, you probably use one of these and you are going to be hacked.
Here’s the top ten for 2014 from the most common to the least:
Dragon? What’s going on there? Anyway, the list continues so if you’re feeling smug, stop now. Unless your passwords are things like 17e£**jjli99Nn like my bank account’s one.
Despite the scary list, by the way, SplashData does try to reassure you a bit, though. A bit:
“The bad news from my research is that this year’s most commonly used passwords are pretty consistent with prior years,” Burnett said. “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. While still frightening, that’s the lowest percentage of people using the most common passwords I have seen in recent studies.”
Read the full piece and then make me personally very happy by getting and using an app like 1Password. If I’ve met you, I’ve told you about this. I’m not as evangelical about this specific app as I am about, say, OmniFocus for To Do tasks, but I am telling you that you must get an app like it. Must. Seriously.
PS. I was kidding about my bank account password. You knew that. But I had to say it. I really, really had to say it.