Password management company SplashData has released its annual list of the worst passwords of the 2014. The company analyzed 3.3 million stolen and least secure passwords of the past year for the list.
According to the report "123456" and "password" still top the list of the most unsecure passwords. Other commonly used passwords in the top 25 list are 'monkey', 'qwerty', dragon,' and 'letmein'.
In light of the recent hacks on Sony, iCloud hack as well as million of passwords leaked stolen by Russian hackers, splashdata has given some guidelines to improve password security. Splashdata says that you should keep your passwords secure and use only eight-digit or longer passwords with different types of characters (letters, numbers, and symbols). The password management company also recommends using different username and password combinations for different websites. The firm also suggests customers to use a password manager to protect their passwords and generate random passwords which are more difficult to guess.
Online security expert Mark Burnett who assisted SplashData with the study says that there is some hope, "The good news is that it appears that more people are moving away from using these passwords. In 2014, the top 25 passwords represented about 2.2 percent of passwords exposed. While still frightening, that's the lowest percentage of people using the most common passwords I have seen in recent studies."
Here's the complete list of the worst passwords of 2014. If your password is on it, then please change it right away.