25 Most Popular Passwords

January 16th, 2016
password 123456

These Were The 25 Most Popular Passwords In 2015

Last year saw millions of people’s data hacked and stolen online, from T-Mobile customers to those signed up on Ashley Madison. While this is obviously bad news for those who have had their details jacked, the data posted online can be used to gain an interesting insight into how people protect themselves on the internet. And it turns out that many people are still terrible at picking passwords. In Splash Data’s annual list of the 25 worst passwords little has changed, with “123456” still, for some reason, topping the list. We all know we shouldn’t do it, but for some inexplicable reason many clearly still do just run their fingers along the top of the keyboard. Those feeling a little more adventurous might manage to type out “password” or, oddly, “dragon.” Either way, none of the top 25 passwords are particularly surprising, which in itself is a little depressing in the fact that no matter how often people are told to secure their online accounts, plenty still ignore the advice. The data also gives some interesting insight into the minds of those using the internet. Sport, for example, is a popular choice for passwords, with “football” and “baseball” both still sitting within the top 25. But it also reflects big events happening that year, with the most noticeable being the addition of “starwars” and “solo” to the list, which could also help explain the resurgence of “princess” as a choice of password too.  

Anyway, here is the list in full. Try not to smash your head against the keyboard in frustration:

1. 123456 (unchanged)

2. password (unchanged)

3. 12345678 (up 1)

4. qwerty (up 1)

5. 12345 (down 2)

6. 123456789 (unchanged)

7. football (up 3)

8. 1234 (down 1)

9. 1234567 (up 2)

10. baseball (down 2)

11. welcome (new)

12. 1234567890 (new)

13. abc123 (up 1)

14. 111111 (up 1)

15. 1qaz2wsx (new)

16. dragon (down 7)

17. master (up 2)

18. monkey (down 6)

19. letmein (down 6)

20. login (new)

21. princess (new)

22. qwertyuiop (new)

23. solo (new)

24. passw0rd (new)

25. starwars (new)