Using common passwords can make your IT more challenging to manage and your system less secure.   Make the task harder for hackers – create and use complex passwords!

Below are the “Worst Passwords of 2015” as determined by SplashData. Their fifth annual report was compiled from more than 2 million leaked passwords during the year.

Star Wars-themed passwords made their debut for the first time, along with “1234567890”, “1qaz2wsx” (first two columns of main keys on a standard keyboard), and “qwertyuiop” (top row of keys on a standard keyboard).

 

Rank Password Change from 2014
1 123456 Unchanged
2 password Unchanged
3 12345678 Up 1
4 qwerty Up 1
5 12345 Down 2
6 123456789 Unchanged
7 football Up 3
8 1234 Down 1
9 1234567 Up 2
10 baseball Down 2
11 welcome New
12 1234567890 New
13 abc123 Up 1
14 111111 Up 1
15 1qaz2wsx New
16 dragon Down 7
17 master Up 2
18 monkey Down 6
19 letmein Down 6
20 login New
21 princess New
22 qwertyuiop New
23 solo New
24 passw0rd New
25 starwars New

 

If you’re using any of these passwords, change them now!  Here are a few tips for creating more secure passwords:

  •  Keep all passwords in a safe place like password-protecting software, not on Post-It Notes in your desk.
  • If you use a single word as your password, it’s hackable in under 20 minutes – maybe under 10.
  • Stay away from passwords that are easily identified with you such as names of pets or family members.
  • Don’t share your passwords.

If you need help managing your business IT, contact CRU Solutions.