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19th of January 2018

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Hey Genius, 'Starwars' Is a Terrible Password

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It's probably safe to say that everyone on the internet knows by now that using easy-to-guess, insecure passwords like "123456" or "password" is a bad idea. But as it turns out, many still don't care.

Password management application provider SplashData on Tuesday released a list of the 100 Worst Passwords of 2017, compiled from more than 5 million passwords leaked during the year. For a fourth consecutive year, "123456" and "password" took the top two spots on the list.

The list included plenty of other usual suspects like "qwerty" (No. 4), "football" (No. 9), "iloveyou" (No. 10), and "admin" (No. 11), along with some new additions, including "starwars," which ranked as the 16th worst password of 2017.

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"Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, 'starwars' is a dangerous password to use," SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a statement. "Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words."

Other new additions to the list this year included "letmein" (No. 7), "monkey" (No. 13), "123123" (No. 17), "hello" (No. 21), "freedom" (No. 22), "whatever" (No. 23), and "trustno1" (No. 25). SplashData warned that using any of the passwords on the top 100 list "would put users at grave risk for identity theft."

The company recommends using passphrases instead of simple passwords, mirroring advice earlier this year from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Passphrases should include at least 12 characters and a mix of characters, including upper and lower cases, SplashData recommended. Users should also be sure to set a unique password for each website, and consider using a password manager.

Without further ado, here's SplashData's list of the top 25 worst passwords of 2017. To see the full 100, click here.

1 - 123456 2 - password 3 - 12345678 4 - qwerty 5 - 12345 6 - 123456789 7 - letmein 8 - 1234567 9 - football 10 - iloveyou 11 - admin 12 - welcome 13 - monkey 14 - login 15 - abc123 16 - starwars 17 - 123123 18 - dragon 19 - passw0rd 20 - master 21 - hello 22 - freedom 23 - whatever 24 - qazwsx 25 - trustno1

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