No amount of security plugins, or a hi-tech hosting environment, or the best administrators in the world will help you if your password is 123456. “It’s not” – you say. You’re not stupid, right? Unfortunately, raw stats show a different story – people continuously use the worst passwords.
4 years of data paints a bleak picture
Security Ninja, our WordPress security plugin that performs 30+ tests to make sure your site is secure has a test that compares user passwords to a list of most frequently used passwords. Those are really bad passwords such as 12345, god, login or princess. You’d think that people don’t use them but they do, often! We’ve been collection anonymous statistical data from hacked sites that we’ve clean up during the last four years and the trend hasn’t changed much. People continuously use the same bad passwords.
TOP 20 worst passwords for last four years
Stop using bad passwords!
Yes, we know you won’t use a 20 characters long password with numbers and special characters (although you should). But there’s a huge gap between that and using 12345. Please, make up something that’s at least 8 characters long, is specific for you, but isn’t the name of your dog. Add some numbers and at least one special character in the middle of the word and you should be good. If you continue to use princess don’t complain that people are hacking into your site. They’re not. They’re simply logging in.