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The Top 25 Worst

The Top 25 Worst

This is the list of the worst passwords for 2017 is out, and some are still being used today, are you on the list? As always, there have been some changes in what constitutes the worst-of-the-worst passwords as well as some of suckiest passwords still clinging to their original rank. For example, “123456” and “password” remain as the top two most popular passwords, but “star wars” is a newcomer to the list.

“Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, ‘star wars’ is a dangerous password to use, 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.”

Swapping the letter “o” with the number “0” may seem like a good idea to change up your password, but that trick isn’t so slick. On this year’s list, there are six variations of the top two worst passwords “123456” and “password” which replaced “o” with “0” or added extra digits to the numerical string. “Hackers know your tricks, and merely tweaking an easily guessable password does not make it secure,” just so you know.

It is estimated that nearly “10% of people have used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on this year’s list, and nearly 3% of people have used the worst password, 123456.”

“Football” is the only sport being used as a password in the top 10, but “hockey” comes in at 78 and “soccer” at 87 in the top 100 worst passwords of 2017. Some people opt for a password which looks like nonsense, but actually follows a simple pattern on a keyboard. For example, “qazwsx” is a newcomer to the list of top 25 worst passwords.

Other newcomers to the worst-of-the-worst include “letmein”, “monkey”, “hello”, “freedom”, “whatever” and “trustno1”. So, if one of your passwords is on this list, then way to go! You’ve joined the ranks of people using the worst and least secure passwords of 2017.

1)      123456  
2)      password  
3)      12345678  
4)      qwerty  
5)      12345  
6)      123456789  
7)      letmein  
8)      1234567  
9)      football  
10)   iloveyou  
11)   admin  
12)   welcome  
13)   monkey  
14)   login  
15)   abc123  
16)   starwars  
17)   123123  
18)   dragon  
19)   passw0rd  
20)   master  
21)   hello
22)   freedom
23)   whatever
24)   qazwsx
25)   trustno1

Thanks for reading, and keep your PC secure and your family safer.  Remember at “Hunt Technology”, you always get “Quality Service & Individual Attention” you deserve.

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