Dec 27, 2017

SplashData reveals worst passwords used in 2017

As we are drowning in passwords these days we carelessly choose easy-to-remember passwords without thinking about their hacking risk. SplashData, a security applications provider, has listed worst passwords of 2017 using data from 5 million leaked passwords. The report says hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to breach the security of internet users.

Thanks to our increasing dependence on the internet, we have ended up having a plethora of accounts beginning from Facebook to mobile banking and video streaming. Remembering them is so complicated that we willy-nilly set easy passwords which are, on the other hand, susceptible to cyber-attacks.

We have already seen this year the biggest ever Yahoo mail data breach where a whopping 3 billion accounts were hacked. But does such incidence forbid users from having weak passwords? SplashData finding reveals users are still indifferent to their security as they continue using weak as well as easily guessable passwords.

As the year 2017 is about to end, SplashData, a leading provider of security applications, has come out with a new list that highlights the most commonly used passwords which are easily guessable by hackers. These worst and the least secure passwords include some of the usual suspects such as "123456" and "Password." In fact, these two perennial favorites have once again topped the list after 2016.

The other weak entries that continue to catch the fancy of the internet users are "12345678," "qwerty," "12345," "admin" and "login." At the same time "123456789," "letmein" and "iloveyou" have broken into the list as new entries. Interestingly, "starwars" and "whatever" are also included in the newbie's category.

Warning the users, SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said: "Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words."

SplashData tabulated its list after rummaging through more than 5 million vulnerable passwords which come to the fore, especially in North America and Western Europe over the last 12 months through various leaks. However, the list doesn't include the Yahoo Data and data from adult websites.

Internet users are invariably warned to use strong passwords consisting of a combination of words, characters, and numbers to avoid any data breach by hackers. It is also suggested not to use the same password for more than one account. Nevertheless, a large chunk of users are still in the habit of using easy-numbered and single world passwords. Hopefully, the list from SplashData will discourage them from doing so in the future.