Some things never change. You'd think that with all the focus on web security, people might take the slightest precaution to keep their online activity private. Maybe there are more people suffering from Paula Poundstone's password troubles than we'd like to believe.
Alas, "123456" and "password" topped SplashData's Worst Passwords of 2015 list for the fifth time in as many years. This year's list featured several clever variations on those tried-and-true classics, such as "12345678" and "passw0rd".
If you still aren't on-board with password managers, here's a quick tip if you're going to be lazy and use one of these passwords that are decidedly not "so obvious that nobody would think to check;" consider hitting the space bar at some point. "1234 567 89" is still a terrible password, but at least it's not quite as terrible as the entries that made it this year.
Without further ado...
Apart from the standard alphanumeric schlock that makes these lists, there are passwords that speak to popular culture. This year's list includes "starwars," "princess," and "solo," most likely as a result of the run-up and release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Making the biggest leap in 2015 was "football," which rose three spots from No. 10 to No. 7. And "dragon" took the largest tumble, falling all the way from No. 9 in 2014, to land 16th in 2015. Sadly, my favorite entry from the 2014 list, No. 25 "trustno1," fell from the Top 25 altogether in 2015.