If you recognize one of these most used passwords of 2016, feel ashamed
Every year, someone inevitably compiles a list of the most used passwords from the year before, and each year it is enough to make any self-respecting computer user weep for the future of humanity. The list of most used passwords of 2016 is no different.
Look, if you use one of the passwords below, especially one of the top five, you should probably just stick with a pen and a paper. Turn in your smartphone and go back to a traditional cell phone. Maybe you can get a sweet deal on a flip phone – just make sure it doesn’t connect to the internet.
And sure, crime – cyber or not – can happen to anyone. It’s never right to blame the victim of a crime, but at the same time if you blatantly ignore common sense in favor of being lazy, it’s almost shockingly stupid.
A recent study of 10 million passwords (spotted by Reader’s Digest) shows that once again, the top 25 passwords are ridiculous. For the THIRD year in a row, the most used password was “123456.” For people that do know even the most basic rules of cybersecurity, that’s painful. And the rest of the list isn’t much better. It’s not really even cybersecurity at this point. It’s not “hacking” if someone guesses your password anymore than it’s forced entry if you leave your key in your door. It’s still a crime, of course, but an easily preventable one.
A few of the passwords are at least somewhat understandable if you don’t really pay attention to things like this. People that chose “qwertyuiop,” or the top row of letters on your keyboard as their password, probably thought they were so goddamn clever. Same for “1q2w3e,” which is just five keys in a W motion starting at 1 on a keyboard, then going down, back up, down again, then back up.
Anyway, if you recognize the passwords below, go change your damn password, dummy.