We’re a bit obsessive about passwords here.

Ok, so staying secure online is the nature of our business.

As software providers, password security is a huge part of protecting not just our own data and systems but those of the garages who use our services.

So when we look at the most common passwords of 2015, and see ‘password‘ and ‘123456‘ in the top two slots, we couldn’t help but roll our eyes…

Come on, really?! You’re still using those passwords despite all the warnings?

There are some areas where you do need to take some responsibility and adopt a vigilant approach.

One of these is, of course, your password policy.

We’re confident we work with a savvy bunch and none of these passwords are used by you guys, but if you read the list below and your password is on it, do yourself a favour and change it, before it’s too late…

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The top two most common passwords ‘password’  and ‘123456’ in the ‘Worst Passwords List‘ from password management company SplashData, have occupied the top slots since the list began in 2011.

Shocking, isn’t it?

The list includes ‘passw0rd’, so don’t think you’re being original by adding the zero instead of the letter, loads of other people evidently think on the same (basic) lines.

New for 2015 after the company analysed more than two million leaked passwords are a number of passwords relating to the Star Wars The Force Awakens blockbuster.  The passwords ‘princess’ ‘solo’ and ‘starwars’ all made the top 25, it’s not clever or funny and, more importantly, it’s most certainly not unique.

So here’s the list with the 2014 ranking in brackets:-

  1. 123456 (1)
  2. password (2)
  3. 12345678 (4)
  4. qwerty (5)
  5. 12345 (3)
  6. 123456789 (6)
  7. football (10)
  8. 1234 (7)
  9. 1234567 (7)
  10. baseball (8)
  11. welcome (new entry)
  12. 1234567890 (new entry)
  13. abc123 (14)
  14. 111111 (15)
  15. 1qaz2wsx (new entry)
  16. dragon (9)
  17. master (15)
  18. monkey (12)
  19. letmein (13)
  20. login (new entry)
  21. princess (new entry)
  22. qwertyuiop (new entry)
  23. solo (new entry)
  24. passw0rd (new entry)
  25. starwars (new entry)

As far as IT security goes and assuming you have installed the usual firewalls and anti-malware programmes, your password is one of the single biggest ways you can protect your business and yourself from security breaches.

Here’s our quick password protocol advice for home and work, most of them, we have no doubt you know, but ask yourself how many of them you do:-

1) You may not think it necessary to state the obvious, but just in case: don’t use a password from the top 25 most common ones in use listed above, we would also advise against using any variations of the above

2) Don’t use the same password for multiple sites and functions especially when it comes to banking and work systems plus don’t have a shared password for work systems (like Carvue) and delete any passwords belonging to former employees

3) Use a variety of letters, numbers and symbols with the recommended number of characters being at least 12, one technique is to come up with a phrase taking the first letter of each word, for example, ‘my first pet was an iguana called Iggy although he wasn’t much fun to take out for a walk’ becomes ‘mfpwaicIahwmfttofaw’, even better would be to change some of those letters to numbers and symbols so ‘mfpw@icIahwmf2t0faw!’

4) There are plenty of password software programmes available where you only have to remember the one password to access the system and it generates random passwords for everything else you use and automatically logs you on

5) Yes, we know it’s a pain, but change your password regularly, unless you are using a password manager and it does it all for you