These were the worst passwords of 2015, and they're only getting worse

Many of the new entries are dictionary-based words, but many of the passwords from the year prior are increasing in popularity.

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The most common password of last year is "123456," which sadly probably isn't a surprise considering statistically there's a good chance that's your password.

Password Used
123456
password
12345678
qwerty
12345
123456789
football
1234
1234567
baseball
welcome
1234567890
abc123
111111
1qaz2wsx
dragon
master
monkey
letmein
login
princess
qwertyuiop
solo
password
starwars
unchanged
unchanged
up
up
down
unchanged
up
down
up
down
new
new
up
up
new
down
up
down
down
new
new
new
new
new
new

Following that, it's "password" and "12345678," which just shows that you aren't even trying anymore.

SplashData analyzed the most common passwords used over the past year from more than 2 million leaked passwords. One of the key trends found was that longer passwords don't always equate to more secure passwords -- you'll see from numerous entries in the top ten.

Perhaps the most telling detail is how far some of the previously most-common passwords are rising up the ranks year-over-year.

Many of the passwords remain unchanged from 2015 from the year prior, but many -- including "qwerty," and other dictionary terms, like "football" and "master" have been more frequently used.

New, but equally poor passwords joined the 2015 list, including "welcome" and "login" made their debut.

But perhaps more telling is how passwords can be influenced by popular and modern culture. With the release of the latest "Star Wars" installment, it's of little surprise to find that new passwords added to the list include "princess," "solo," and "starwars."

If you're after a Star Wars-related password, you might be better off with a more complex password, like: "M@y tH3 f0Rc£ B€ w1tH y0U."

Well, it would have been had I not published it...

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