Jesus is just all right… for hackers

While Jesus saves, he can’t help your computer data.

According to a new survey by SplashDash, the word “Jesus” is now one of the worst passwords you can use, ranking among the top 25 most frequently used and easily guessed log-ins.

SplashData, which releases its list annually, says this is the first year that Jesus has appeared on the list.

The top three passwords, “password,” “123456,” and “12345678,” remain unchanged from last year’s list.

New entries to this year’s list include “welcome, ” “jesus,” “ninja,” “mustang, ” and “password1.”

SplashData, provider of the SplashID Safe line of password management applications, releases its annual list in an effort to encourage the adoption of stronger passwords.

“At this time of year, people enjoy focusing on scary costumes, movies and decorations, but those who have been through it can tell you how terrifying it is to have your identity stolen because of a hacked password,” said Morgan Slain, SplashData CEO. “We’re hoping that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different passwords for different websites.”

SplashData’s top 25 list was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. The company advises consumers or businesses using any of the passwords on the list to change them immediately.

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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