Most common passwords of 2016 revealed

Password managing app Keeper has revealed the 25 passwords that were used the most last year - and really, nothing has changed. Top of the list are usual suspects like ‘123456’ and ‘qwerty’, and pretty much the whole lot are variations on those.

A huge 17% of accounts had the top password '123456', while nearly half the passwords on the list have six characters or fewer - which presents a security risk, Keeper says, as they can be guessed or unscrambled in seconds.

The company also pointed out that the most frequently used passwords haven't changed a whole lot over the last few years. "That means that user education has limits," Keeper said. "While it's important for users to be aware of risks, a sizable minority are never going to take the time or effort to protect themselves."

It puts a lot of the blame on the websites and services where we're using the passwords, however, saying they ought to be enforcing security measures - like longer word lengths and the use of special characters. A password like 'qwerty' shouldn't be allowed, Keeper says.

"Website operators that permit such flimsy protection are either reckless or lazy," it said on its blog.

The 25 most common passwords last year, according to Keeper, were:

1. 123456
2. 123456789
3. qwerty
4. 12345678
5. 111111
6. 1234567890
7. 1234567
8. password
9. 123123
10. 987654321
11. qwertyuiop
12. mynoob
13. 123321
14. 666666
15. 18atcskd2w
16. 7777777
17. 1q2w3e4r
18. 654321
19. 555555
20. 3rjs1la7qe
21. google
22. 1q2w3e4r5t
23. 123qwe
24. zxcvbnm
25. 1q2w3e

An interesting addition to the list is '18atcskd2w' - which doesn't appear to mean anything, nor is it easy to type. So why is it so common? Well, according to expert Graham Cluley, it's a common password used by spambots.

To stop your passwords making their way onto this list (and therefore being super easy to hack), Keeper recommends using a variety of characters - lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and punctuation - and avoiding any words that are in the dictionary.

Source: Keeper

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