“123456” is quite possibly the easiest password to guess and yet it’s the most commonly used password among internet users.
Security appliance firm SplashData has named “123456” as the most common and worst password of 2015. The company came to that conclusion by examining the most commonly-used phrase out of 2 million leaked passwords.
SplashData’s findings also revealed “password” was the second-worst choice of 2015.
If you are a sports fan you should avoid using “football” and “baseball” as your password. Both ranked in the top 10. Others included “princess,” “solo,” and “Starwars.”
“123456” and “password” were also No. 1 and 2 last year.
“As we see on the list, using common sports and pop culture terms is also a bad idea,” Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, said in a statement.
Here are the 25 most common passwords of 2015.
SplashData doesn’t provide origins for each password set. There’s a chance that users are using stronger choices for bank accounts and other accounts of more personal and financial significance.
Security experts typically suggest using a mixture of lower and uppercase letters, symbols, and numbers in your password. When possible they also suggest that users attempt to create a password that doesn’t have any significance in their everyday life.