‘Password’ is not a password and any monkey can run a finger across a keyboard
With the rise of biometrics and 2-Factor Authentication, the password isn’t the ultimate gatekeep it used to be. But that doesn’t mean you should be lazy when coming up with your password.
Password manager provider SplashData has published its annual list of worst passwords, and it seems people never learn that ‘password’ is not a password and any monkey can run a finger across a keyboard.
Unsurprisingly, the list is full of familiar faces. ‘123456’ came top of the list, with longer and shorter variants making up half of the top 10. The ever-present ‘password’ and ‘qwerty’ featured in the top four, with ‘letmein’, ‘football’, and ‘iloveyou’ rounding out the rest.
The top 20 featured ‘monkey’, ‘admin’, ‘welcome’, ‘login’, and ‘dragon’. Star Wars mania also led to ‘starwars’ becoming a popular option.