Here’s an easy task for today: Make sure your passwords aren’t on the list below. If they are, think about changing them now.
Security firm SplashData each year compiles a list of the worst passwords that are easy to break because of their commonality. This year’s list was drawn from over 5 million leaked emails. The passwords were mostly held by users in North America and Western Europe.
Before we take a look at the list, we’ll remind you that:
Now is a great time to update your password
- Use at least 8 characters
- Don’t use a word that’s in the dictionary
- Don’t use your pet’s name or names of relatives
- Use uppercase, lowercase, digits, and special characters
- Consider creating a short sentence or passphrase using a combination of uppercase, lowercase, digits, and special characters – For example “Edl0ve$s@!l1ng”
Also, take a look at our Guide To Creating Strong Passwords.
Time it takes to steal your password
|Password Length||Upper and Lower Case Letters||Upper and Lower Case Letters with Numbers||Upper and Lower Case Letters, Numbers, and Special Characters|
|8||11 seconds||44 seconds||20 minutes|
|12||2 years||20 years||3,018 years|
|16||18,000,000 years||302,000,000 years|
|Note: For this exercise we used www.passwordstrengthcalculator.com which only provides an estimate for the password useful life. There are many variables such as attack speed, lockout timers, forced password changes, etc.|
The 25 worst passwords for 2016