From ‘Superman’ to ‘Liverpool’ Have you got one of 2018’s worst passwords?

Rob Waugh
·Contributor
The study identified the most popular passwords, including ‘qwerty’, and phrases such as ‘iloveyou’. Source: Getty
The study identified the most popular passwords, including ‘qwerty’, and phrases such as ‘iloveyou’. Source: Getty

Computer hacking has been in the news like never before this year – with data breaches affecting millions, and Russian hackers thought to be targeting the West.

But it seems that most of us have totally failed to learn our lessons about password hygiene, according to a survey of 61.5 million passwords by security experts Dashlane

As usual, people are basing passwords on brands, music, films and football teams – all predictable choices which can be easily broken by hackers.

Others relied on ‘password walking’ – using keys adjacent to each other on the keyboard, which is again easy prey for cyber attackers.

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Dr. Gang Wang, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech led the research.

Dr Wang says, ‘It is difficult for humans to memorise unique passwords for the 150+ accounts the average person has. Inevitably, people reuse or slightly modify them, which is a dangerous practice. This danger has been amplified by the massive data breaches which have given attackers more effective tools for guessing and hacking passwords.

Popular ‘password walking’ passwords using adjacent keys

1q2w3e4r
1qaz2wsx
1qazxsw2
zaq12wsx
!qaz2wsx
1qaz@wsx

The ten most frequent love/hate-related passwords:

iloveyou
f*ckyou
a**hole
f*ckoff
iloveme
trustno1
beautiful
ihateyou
bullsh*t
lovelove

The ten most frequent brand-related passwords

myspace *experienced a major breach in 2016
mustang
linkedin *experienced a major breach in 2016
ferrari
playboy
mercedes
cocacola
snickers
corvette
skittles

Music and Movies

superman
pokemon
slipknot
starwars
metallica
nirvana
blink182
spiderman
greenday
rockstar

Champions League Passwords

liverpool
chelsea
arsenal
barcelona
manchester