SplashData, which makes password management applications, released its annual list of the 25 worst passwords. The list was compiled based on files containing over 3.3. million passwords leaked in 2014.
Once again, "123456" and "password" were the worst passwords of 2015, according to stats from SplashData, the company found that the two worst passwords are also the most-used passwords, and therefore easily cracked by malicious hackers.
Every January, SplashData releases its list of the worst passwords, based on analysis of over 2 million leaked passwords it has found. Since the company started compiling data in 2011, "123456" and "password" have consistently topped the list.
Malicious hackers use a wide range of tools, including bots, to crack passwords. But more often than not, they start with simple codes, like "123456." As SplashData's report suggests, some hackers will hit pay dirt with those terms.
For that reason, companies urge people to use alphanumeric passwords with special characters. Users can also use password managers, which create random passwords for different accounts. In that case, they're only required to remember one password; account credentials are populated by the app.
"As we see on the list, using common sports and pop culture terms is also a bad idea," SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a statement.
Here is the full list of the worst passwords of 2015: