Here We Go Again. The Most Commonly Used Passwords of 2016

January 17, 2017

It’s that time of the year again folks when security experts release the most commonly used passwords of the previous year and needless to say it makes for some pretty depressing reading (again.)

Keeper, have examined over 10 million passwords that were released to the public following cyber security breaches in 2016 and discovered that rather depressingly a whopping 17% of those passwords were ‘12345’. If you think that is bad just wait until you see the top 10 most used passwords of last year.

The Top Ten Most Used Passwords

  1. 12345

  2. 123456789

  3. qwerty

  4. 12345678

  5. 111111

  6. 1234567890

  7. 1234567

  8. password

  9. 123123

  10. 987654321

Compared to last year the list hasn’t changed much at all despite all of the increased media attention on all things cyber security and the huge increase in government spending aimed at tackling the issue.

How to Improve Your Passwords

There are a few simple ways to improve the strength of your passwords.

Use a mixture of characters – Use a mixture of both upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Make sure it....

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