One reason why biometric authentication is on the rise? Because we can’t help ourselves when it comes to poor pasword choices. Out of lack of imagination or time, we tend to choose passwords that are extremely easy to crack. Password management firm SplashData compiled a “Worst Passwords List” for 2015, revealing what were the leaked, most common passwords last year.
Several trends were uncovered. The top 2 most popular passwords were “123456” and “password” and have been on the podium for the last 5 years! It seems that despite the security issues and hacking scandals we’ve seen in the last years, we are still prone to choosing easy to remember words and numbers, thinking it will “never happen to us”.
Another thing to notice from the complete list below is people’s tendency to use their personal hobbies and fantasy characters as login data to keep information safe (needless to say, they’re pretty easy to hack). Surprisingly, in 2015 more Star Wars fans decided to pay an homage to the series choosing to protect their accounts with words like “starwars” and “solo”.
- 123456 (unchanged from 2014)
- solo (not on 2014’s list)
- passw0rd (not on 2014’s list)
- starwars (not on 2014’s list)