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2015 Top 25 Most Popular Passwords

It’s 2016 and we're all older and wiser than this time last year, right? Wrong! Point and case; here are 2015's most popular passwords. Doh!!  Come-on people, we're smarter than this! Right? Right??

2015's Top 25 Most Popular Password

Each year the awesome analytical super-nerds (take no offense, we are all super-nerds here at OMG) at SplashData complies a list of the millions of stolen passwords made public throughout the year, then sort them in order of popularity. The results are based on a total of over 2 million leaked passwords . One would think we'd get smarter as the years progressed and we would get more complex with our passwords however the data tells us otherwise. 

Can you believe that, “123456” and “password” still remain popular? We can't.

Without further ado, here’s the list. Sigh.. 

1. 123456 (Unchanged)

2. password (Unchanged)

3. 12345678 (Up 1)

4. qwerty (Up 1)

5. 12345 (Down 2)

6. 123456789 (Unchanged)

7. football (Up 3)

8. 1234 (Down 1)

9. 1234567 (Up 2)

10. baseball (Down 2)

11. welcome (New)

12. 1234567890 (New)

13. abc123 (Up 1)

14. 111111 (Up 1)

15. 1qaz2wsx (New)

16. dragon (Down 7)

17. master (Up 2)

18. monkey (Down 6)

19. letmein (Down 6)

20. login (New)

21. princess (New)

22. qwertyuiop (New)

23. solo (New)

24. passw0rd (New)

25. starwars (New)

Internet Password Trends

Interesting  enough and if you can get beyond the utterly “stupid” for a moment, sports-based passwords are still popular, with “football” and “baseball” both ranking highly.  Following closely is the “blockbuster film theme” with the recent password additions “starwars” and “solo”. Obviously from the Star Wars franchises. 

And who would have guessed that “princess,” which dropped out of the Top 25 last year, has made a resurgence. Also most likely or potentially linked to Star Wars.

Other new entires include “welcome,” “login” and “passw0rd”, also amusingly dumb.

If you already don't flat out hate yourself or the internet enough please feel free to check out the lists from 2014.

Internet Password Advice

So now we've found ourselves at the part of the article where we're supposed to provide some sort of good advise about how to create a strong password but the only thing that comes to mind is this; stop being such an idiot!  

We propose that advice with the warmest of wishes and of course a bit of tongue-in-cheek!  But in all seriousness, please just keep it simple and use a free strong password generator. 

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