These are the worst passwords you could ever use

Getting users to select secure passwords is difficult. Getting them to stop using these old ‘passwords’ would be better than nothing. 

Not surprisingly, the list contains a few strings of consecutive numbers, a classic workaround for the “passwords must be [x] characters long and contain at least one number” requirement so often imposed.

The full results are:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. welcome
  4. ninja
  5. abc123
  6. 123456789
  7. 12345678
  8. sunshine
  9. princess, and
  10. qwerty

Can easily be guessed

The common passwords were discovered in analysis by a Lancaster University researcher. But even scarier than the fact that these passwords seem easy to guess is that they were proven easy to guess.

Dr. Jeff Yan of the university was able to guess passwords using certain key pieces of information about users (such as their birth dates) and designing a framework to prioritize guesses of passwords based on this information.

Using just 100 attempts, the framework was able to crack 73% of normal users’ passwords.

Preach the gospel of strong passwords

It’s worth remembering that not all users will pick these simple passwords, they’re just the most common ones chosen.

Still, the more you can remind users of better password strategies, the better off you’ll be.

That’s especially true since many users will repeat the same passwords over and over again until they’re forced to change their ways.

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