There were a series of high-profile hacks in 2014, which begs the question: Are hackers that good, or are our passwords that easy? A press release from a password management service suggests the latter.
Password management service SplashData has curated a list of the worst passwords you can use after analyzing a list of the most common passwords used in 2014. Among them are “123456,” “password” and “batman.”
The data were derived from a list of 3.3 million passwords that were leaked online throughout last year. Most of them come from North America and Western Europe.
Despite the discouraging list of predictable passwords, online security expert Mark Burnett was able to find the silver lining.
“The good news is that it appears that more people are moving away from using these passwords,” Burnett said. “In 2014, the top 25 passwords represented about 2.2 percent of passwords exposed. While still frightening, that’s the lowest percentage of people using the most common passwords I have seen in recent studies.”
Here is the list of passwords you don’t want to use: