January 19, 2016 3:33 pm
Updated: February 9, 2016 5:11 pm

The 25 worst passwords of 2015: Did yours make the list?

WATCH: A good password is important for online security, but the worst 25 passwords of 2015 show that not many have taken the lesson to heart.

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Year in and year out web users are reminded of the danger of using poor passwords for their online accounts – and 2015 was no different. From the Ashley Madison hacking scandal, to a data leak affecting children’s electronic toy company VTech, there were plenty of examples as to why password security is important.

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But if the following list is any indication, people still aren’t getting the message.

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SplashData, a password management application company, has released its annual list of the 25 worst passwords of the year. The list is compiled from files containing over two million leaked passwords from 2015.

For the fourth year in a row “123456’ and “password” topped the list.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens inspired some new choices – including, “starwars,” “solo” and “princess.”

One of the below entries even looks like it should be secure, “1qaz2wsx.” Take a close look at your keyboard, however, and you’ll notice the combination is based on the first two columns of keys.

Here’s the full list:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. football
  8. 1234
  9. 1234567
  10. baseball
  11. welcome
  12. 1234567890
  13. abc123
  14. 111111
  15. 1qaz2wsx
  16. dragon
  17. master
  18. monkey
  19. letmein
  20. login
  21. princess
  22. qwertyuiop
  23. solo
  24. passw0rd
  25. starwars

Tips for creating secure passwords

If any of your passwords made this list, you might want to consider some of the following advice.

Stay away from easy-to-guess passwords like “123456″ or “password” as well as easy to guess identifiers, like your dog’s name.

Numbers included in a password should never be something easy to guess based on the user. That means your age, the current year, or your address are not good choices. Similarly, the longer the password the better.

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Passwords that use up to 10 uppercase and lowercase letters mixed with numbers are proven to be more secure – despite being hard to remember.

One tip is to construct a password from a sentence, mix in a few uppercase letters and a number – for example, “There is no place like home,” would become “tiNOplh62.”

And remember, try not to use the same password for any two accounts.

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