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Starwars enters at #16 in top 25 worst passwords of the year

Starwars enters at #16 in top 25 worst passwords of the year”

Users should take the force from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and create some stronger passwords.

Somewhat surprisingly for those of us who aren't brain dead, SplashData said that almost 10 percent of people have used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on this year's list, and nearly 3 percent of internet users have used the worst password, 123456. However, it has regained its title this year as the third most hacked password. If you're using any of these passwords, we strongly recommend you change them immediately.

SplashData said in a statement Tuesday the list is based on more than five million passwords leaked during the year.

Other passwords that seem to show up every year include "login", "1234567", "football" and the totally secure "passw0rd" with a zero as the "o". New entrants into SplashData's list include "123456789" (No. 6) and "letmein" (No. 7).

Password "starwars" was on the 16th rank all across the list of worst passwords used in 2017.

Think passphrase, not password. The problem is they're way too tough to remember.

"One other new entry is "qazwsx" from the two left columns on standard keyboards - demonstrating the importance of avoiding simple patterns", SplashData notes. To make it more complicated, you can also use symbols and can make a rhythmic meaning of that to make it easy to memorise. Those awful choices have maintained the number one and number two positions respectively since SplashData started tracking bad passwords in 2011. The user will have one master password they need to do not forget to log in to the manager.

Consider password managers. If you have a lot of logins to manage, password managers such as Dashlane and LastPass offer automatically generated passwords for the sites you use.



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