'Mustang' Makes SplashData's 2014 'Worst Passwords' List

Jan 27, 2015 05:00 PM EST | Matt Mercuro


Not only is Ford Mustang one of the most popular cars ever created, it's also one of the most popular passwords on the internet.

A new study by SplashData, a company that specializes in passwords, listed the term "mustang" as the 16th most common password found on the internet last year.

Not only was it the only car term to make the top 25, it was also more popular than terms like "Superman" and "Batman."

"We're flattered people want to use 'mustang' as their password, but alone, it just isn't strong enough to be secure," said Keith Moss, Ford Director of Cyber Security in a company statement. "We encourage people to use 'mustang,' but we recommend they strengthen their password by mixing upper and lower case letters, numbers, acronyms and symbols to make it unique."

Click here to see the full list.

Using the same password for multiple sites is just asking for trouble. But if you want to keep mustang in each one make sure your important logins have something else included, like a number of symbol.

To those who want to keep "mustang" as your password but also want to be a little more secure, here's a few options to consider:

-include your favorite road or road trip destination in the password

-Add your favorite Mustang model year or the year you bought your mustang to your password

-Add paint codes, digits from your vin or engine codes to the password

-Create a custom acronym for modifications made to your Mustang

The passwords "123456"and "password" held the top two spots once again in the annual list, which has been published since 2011.

"Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are," said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData in a press statement. "Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences. As more websites require stronger passwords or combinations of letters and numbers, longer keyboard patterns are becoming common passwords, and they are still not secure."

The list was made from 3.3 million leaked passwords during 2014.

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