25 Most Popular Passwords of 2015

January 21, 2016
Password Usage
123456
password
12345678
qwerty
12345
123456789
football
1234
1234567
baseball
welcome
1234567890
abc123
111111
1qaz2wsx
dragon
master
monkey
letmein
login
princess
qwertyuiop
solo
password
starwars
unchanged
unchanged
up
up
down
unchanged
up
down
up
down
new
new
up
up
new
down
up
down
down
new
new
new
new
new
new

Another year has passed and users are still using horrible passwords! The table at right shows the most common passwords used and whether that particular password has gotten more or less popular.

So if you are trying to hack into someone’s account, go ahead and try something from the list at right and you might just get lucky. How do researchers know these are the most popular? Of course they come from the mass hack attacks that occur all too often.

Every single place you have a password needs to have a unique password. It should be at least eight characters and be a random mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation marks.

RoboformOf course it is hard to remember all those unique passwords and it can also be hard to come up with all those unique combinations. Thanks why I find the Roboform utility to be so valuable.

It generates passwords for me at whatever length I choose and with the mix of characters I choose. Then it remembers all of those passwords across all of my devices. Give it a try for free and make sure your accounts are safe!

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2 Comments

  1. Ken Graham

    2 and 24 appear to be the same password

    Reply
  2. Eric Toll

    Foster,
    I have a password system that allows for a different password for every website that is easy to remember. I set up a phrase that is convertible. For example, “I like cats a lot” … this converts to “!1!k3c*ts*10t” (!= I, 1=L, *=A, 3=E, 0=O). Then I take the first three letters of the website, so my password to your site would be !1!k3c*ts*10tUNL. Every six months, I add a number to the end !1!k3c*ts*10tUNL1 etc.
    While I do use password vaults — I’ve found that sometimes when the browsers are updated, the Vaults no longer function properly or at all. Firefox is notorious for this. Also, when logging in from mobile devices, this system makes it easy to remember a password.

    Reply

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