From Yahoo's bombshell announcement of a data breach that affected millions, to the recent WannaCry and BadRabbit ransomware attacks, 2017 witnessed several major cybersecurity disasters.
In spite of the incessant warnings from security researchers, many people are still turning to weak, easily guessable passwords to protect their devices.
SplashData has revealed its list of the worst passwords of 2017, using data from more than 5 million passwords leaked this year – and, once again, "123456" and "password" top the list.
The list features several ineffective passwords that have, for some reason, long maintained their hold among internet users. This includes "admin," in 11th, and "login", in 14th.
And, this year, Star Wars found its way onto the list as well, with "starwars" claiming the 16th spot.
"Hackers are using common pop culture and sports terms to break into accounts because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words."
There are several themes across the Worst Passwords list, including first names and hobbies. "Jordan," "harley," "robert," "matthew," "daniel," "andrew," "andrea," and "joshua" all made it on the list – along with "football," and "lakers." Several car names were among the top 50, from "ferrari" to "mercedes."
The experts warn that adding a number or symbol to a common word is also an ineffective trick. "Hackers know your tricks, and merely tweaking an easily guessable password does not make it secure," said Slain. "Our hope is that the Worst Passwords of the Year list will drivepeople to take steps to protect themselves online." They recommend long but easy-to-remember 'passphrases'that do not need to feature special characters or numbers.
THE TOP 10 WORST PASSWORDS OF 2017
(Rank unchanged since 2016 list)
Source: Daily Mail