It’s always amusing (and slightly worrying) to see the awful kinds of passwords people choose to protect themselves. Passwords should be difficult to guess and, ideally, completely random.
Instead, many people still resort to passwords based on simple patterns on the keyboard, like “123456” and “qwerty,” their favorite sports team, or just generic things they like.
Every year, SplashData releases a list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet, which, by nature of having been found, makes them the 25 worst passwords.
This year’s list features the usual nonsense at the top. Various combinations of the numbers 1-9 (in order!) and passwords like “password” and “baseball.” What caught our eye at Sanderson Ford was the #16 worst password: “mustang.”
Now, don’t get us wrong, the Mustang is a great car, but it doesn’t make for a great password. But we have to admit we’re somewhat pleased that so many people like the car that they’d think of it when protecting their data—even before thinking of iconic superheroes like Superman and Batman, which were ranked 21st and 24th, respectively.
Having said that, we here at Sanderson Ford would like to implore you to please stop using “mustang” as a password. Your privacy is important!