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‘Starwars’ is a ‘dangerous’ password to use, says SplashData
20 December, 2017
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‘Starwars’ is one of the newest additions to 2017’s Worst Passwords of the Year list, as determined by SplashData in its annual report. According to the company’s CEO, this password is “dangerous.”

Millions continue to use easily guessable passwords despite countless reports of hacks, ransomware attacks, extortion attempts and state-sponsored data breaches in the past few years.

For the fourth year in a row, “123456” and “password” retain their top two spots as the worst passwords people use to log into their accounts, according to a new list compiled by SplashData for its annual password-strength assessment.

Currently at its seventh iteration, the Worst Passwords report puts “starwars” at #16 in the list. The data was gathered from more than 5 million passwords leaked during 2017.

“Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, ‘starwars’ is a dangerous password to use,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, Inc. “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.”

The only sport to crack the Top 25 was “football,” but this year it dropped four spots to #9. “iloveyou” takes the #10 spot, replacing “loveme.”

In addition to “starwars,” new appearances on the list include “letmein”, “monkey”, “hello”, “freedom”, “whatever” and “trustno1.”

A notable, pattern-centric password that’s still very easy to guess is “qazwsx” (from the two left columns on a standard QUERTY keyboards). It occupies the 24th position on the list. “trustno1” takes the 25th spot. Full list below:

1 – 123456 (rank unchanged since 2016 list)

2 – password (unchanged)

3 – 12345678 (up 1)

4 – qwerty (Up 2)

5 – 12345 (Down 2)

6 – 123456789 (New)

7 – letmein (New)

8 – 1234567 (Unchanged)


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