PASSWORDS offer a sense of security for your personal data, although it appears some people just can’t grasp the concept.
In what is fast becoming one of the most entertaining annual reports, SplashData has released the worst passwords of 2014.
Compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords held by users in North America and Western Europe, the company has listed the 25 most common passwords found on the internet.
Despite constant warnings that common passwords make it easier to be hacked, “123456”and “password” continue to hold the top two spots that they have held since the list first emerged in 2011.
Number combinations dominated the top 25 with “12345,” “12345678,” “123456789” and “1234” all landing in the top 10.
Favourite sports also ranked highly with “baseball” and “football” appearing in top 10, while “hockey,” “soccer” and “golfer” were listed in the top 100.
The password management application provider offered three simple tips for those wanting to remain safe from hackers.
They recommend using passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters, avoiding using the same username/password combination for multiple websites and using a password manager to protect passwords.