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Among the top five most commonly used passwords, the firm identified '12345', '123456' and '12345678' which are basically sequences that anyone won't forget but hackers won't forget either. The firm also found popular and common terms like 'football', 'monkey' and 'starwars' in the list, despite the fact that websites and apps always recommend users to keep long, alphanumeric or hard to guess passwords and even rate them as per their complexities.
Funnily, the much publicized hack of Ashley Madison, which at that time had 38 million users, also revealed that a majority of passwords were either 'password', '12345' or '123456'. It's strange that people would opt for such passwords given the nature of the website.
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"Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are. Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences. As more websites require stronger passwords or combinations of letters and numbers, longer keyboard patterns are becoming common passwords, and they are still not secure," said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData.
Based on their findings, SplashData came up with a few tips for you to ensure that your passwords are never hacked or second-guessed by someone else:
Don't use a favourite sport as your passwordDon't use your birthday or birth year as your passwordDon't use names like michael, thomas, jennifer or michelle as your passwordDon't use swear words and phrases, hobbies, famous athletes, car brands, and film names as your password.
Here's a list of the 25 most common passwords that were hacked in 2015:
Rank Password1. 1234562. password 3. 12345 4. 12345678 5. qwerty 6. 123456789 7. 1234 8. baseball 9. dragon 10. football 11.1234567 12. monkey 13. letmein 14. abc123 15. 111111 16. mustang 17. access 18. shadow 19. master 20. michael 21. superman 22. 696969 23. 123123 24. batman 25. trustno1