Oh boy. SplashData — a password management firm — recently released its annual data on the top 25 worst passwords of 2015. Not surprisingly, many are the same as the worst passwords of 2014. Here are the top five from more than two million passwords that were leaked throughout the year, but you can see the full list here.
- 123456 (unchanged from 2014)
- password (unchanged)
If you recognize any of these, change your passwords ASAP. And if you need help picking one that's easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess, follow the following tips from Veronica Mars herself. Yes, that Veronica Mars.
"It's the rare individual who chooses meaningless numbers as a combination," she once said as she attempted to unlock her dad's safe . . . again. The teen sleuth certainly knows a thing or two about security, be it online or elsewhere, so far be it for us to ignore her wisdom. With about a half-part common sense and another half private-eye wits, you can have those computer accounts on lockdown faster than you can say marshmallow. Take it from Veronica.