It seems some are just indolent or simply too occupied to work their brains out and come up with invulnerable passwords. According Graphic News, SplashData published its annual list of the worst passwords of the year, using data pulled from over five million passwords that were leaked across 2017 by hackers.
Despite major data leaks, many people still continue to use weak passwords that can be easily guessed. Weak passwords like '123456' and 'Password' for example, were the two most popular passwords SplashData came across, as they have been for several years running.
Graphic News quoted a list of 20 weak passwords and the top 10 worst passwords included '123456', '12345678', 'qwerty', '12345', '123456789', 'letmein', '1234567', 'football', and 'iloveyou'.
These passwords are mostly made up of a single word or consecutive number string which can prove to be dangerous as they can be easily hacked.
"Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, 'starwars' is a dangerous password to use," said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, Inc.
He added, "Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words."
With data breaches being so common it is recommended that a strong password consisting of multiple random words or multiple numbers, letters, and characters is essential, and it's also important not to use the same password for more than one account.