All of us have a go-to method when it comes to figuring out passwords for the many sites, apps and other things we use every single day. Some go with a family member's birthday or their favorite college mascot, while others—the idiots—are so lazy that they risk getting hacked by simply using "password" or "abc123".
Regardless of your own method, a new study from Dr. Jeff Yan has uncovered the most hackable passwords, as Yan examined an obsolete Yahoo database to find the most commonly used passwords that are just asking to get cracked.
- 1. 123456
- 2. password
- 3. welcome
- 4. ninja
- 5. abc123
- 6. 123456789
- 7. 12345678
- 8. sunshine
- 9. princess
- 10. qwerty
Talk about being lazy, huh? Honestly, the fact that some people still use those 10 entries as passwords makes me worried about the future of humanity.
As you might imagine, Yan's study also discovered that of the accounts that used these passwords, a whopping 73 percent were easily hacked into, meaning you should be much smarter than to use any of these as options for logging in to anything important.
Asked about the reason why people might use such revealing passwords, here's what Dr. Jeff Yan had to say:
"I think they’re either unaware of or don’t understand the risks of online security. Just like everybody knows what one should do when red lights are on in the road, eventually everybody will know 123456 or the like is not a good password choice."
Unless you want to fall into the horrible statistic of people who have experienced some sort of fraud and/or hacking, do yourself a favor and come up with a more unique password, guys.