Are you still using one of the Worst Passwords of 2014?

You know there’s a lot of hacking and internet security breaches going on out there. But sometimes it doesn’t take a master hacker to bust into your corner of cyberspace. Sometimes all it takes is a good guess, if you’ve got a weak password.

SplashData, a company that deals with web security issues, just released their annual list of the Worst Passwords of the Year. Ironically, they put the list together by taking a look at files containing 3.3 million passwords that were leaked in the past year.

Are you using any of these?

The 25 Worst Passwords of 2014

1. 123456
2. 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

 

Seriously? 123456? How lazy do you have to be to pick pretty much the first six keys your fingers touch on the keyboard?

You know the rule — the harder a password is for you to remember, the harder it’ll be for the bad guys to figure out.

There’s a company called Comparitech that gives you some good tips for creating a secure password and then lets you try yours out to see just how strong it is. Try that here.

And here’s a handy little video called How To Make a Strong Password.

 

AboutJohn Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.