Our good friends over at Splash Data released a list of the 2014 worst passwords and surprisingly, the #1 worst password for 2013 is also the same worst password for 2014!
Hopefully 2015 can bring some changes for passwords used! If you use any of these passwords, please update them to prevent your accounts being taken over my hackers and spammers.
Top 10 Worst Passwords for 2014
Here’s a list from Splash Data showing the worst passwords in use by people from 2014. The information in the brackets show you if it was unchanged from 2013, or if it went up or down in rankings, or if it is a new password added to the list.
- 123456 (Unchanged from 2013)
- password (Unchanged)
- 12345 (Up 17)
- 12345678 (Down 1)
- qwerty (Down 1)
- 1234567890 (Unchanged)
- 1234 (Up 9)
- baseball (New)
- dragon (New)
- football (New)
Why not to use these passwords?
The main reason not to use these easily guessed passwords is because they’re usually the first passwords someone will use when trying to hack your account, whether it be your ex girlfriend/boyfriend or someone else wanting to cause you harm. Plus, this list has be published all over the web, so probably best to try a different method to creating a password.
What makes a good password?
Ideally, the longer the password is the harder it would be for someone to guess it. There are 2 ways people can guess your password. The first is the most obvious, and that is to try to login with their own possible combinations of what they think you’ve chosen as your password. The other way is more involved and used by spambots and hackers, which is to use special software that tries different combinations of words, numbers, and symbols to take over your account. So, even if you have a strong password using your grandfather’s date of birth and your first elementary school, this advanced software would eventually get the hacker in.
The easiest way to create new passwords
It seems that everywhere you turn around these days, you need to set up an account, and of course it needs a password! So how are we suppose to remember all of these passwords? How do professional web designers do it, considering they have not just their passwords but all of their client passwords too? The answer is software! You can download, for free, software that keeps track of all of your accounts and can also generate really strong passwords for you.
3 free software’s to generate strong passwords
- If you use Google Chrome to browse the web, you can download for free LastPass. It boost a 5 star rating and suggests that the only password you’ll ever have to remember is your master password into their program. It’s easy to install and even easier to use!
- If you want something a little less hi-tech, you can download KeePass which is a free software that stays on your computer. This software works great, though the only downfall is your passwords are on the computer you download the software too. Which means, if you have a laptop and a desktop then you won’t be able to sync your passwords across both of your computers.
- If all you want is a way to generate a strong password and you plan on just writing them down on paper (don’t store it under your keyboard!) or keeping them in a Word document then you can find all sorts of web pages that just generate long complicated passwords such as Strong Password Generator. This site is very simple. Just click the “generate” button and you get a new password to copy. Just be sure you don’t write it down incorrectly.
There’s many options out on the web and surely there is a product that suites for your needs and liking. It would be best to invest an hour or two and get a password system set up that you can easily use. By having stronger passwords, you are avoiding the downfall of having your hosting, email, or Facebook hi-jacked and taken over by the internet trolls that live on the web. Trust me, once they figure out one password to one of your logins, they’ll easily figure out the others and wreck a bit of havoc on your life.