LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: In this photo illustration, A woman is silhouetted against a projection of a password log-in dialog box on August 09, 2017 in London, England. With so many areas of modern life requiring identity verification, online security remains a constant concern, especially following the recent spate of global hacks. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
SplashData, a company that provides security applications and services, recently conducted a study to find out. By using data from 5 million leaked passwords from users in North America and Western Europe, the site compiled its annual "Worst Passwords of the Year" list.
The No. 1 most used password was “123456”, followed by “Password.” Those two took the top two spots last year, too.
Third place went to “12345678,” “qwerty” was No. 4 and “12345” was No. 5, which was down two spots from last year.
While there were several repeats from 2016, there were also some first time offenders on the round-up. One included “starwars,” which was No. 16 and another was “dragon,” which was No. 18.
So what's the best way to prevent a hack attack? Researchers recommend using a combination of 12 characters with a mix of upper and lowercase letters. They also suggest changing them for various websites.