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Jan 29 2014   10:51PM GMT

Top worst password in 2013 is no longer “password”

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

522845_passwordWell, it’s not getting any better out there. People are still using idiotic, easy-to-guess passwords despite the advice of every security wonk out there, including me. But “password” is no longer the top most idiotic password: It has been replaced by “123456.”

SplashData, which makes password management applications, has released its 2013 list of the 25 worst passwords based on files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online in the last year. “123456″ now tops “password,” which normally leads the round-up. (Read more: Worst Passwords Top 25 of 2013 | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/01/20/the-25-worst-passwords-of-2013/#ixzz2rWcFRY6r)

Here’s the list:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. 123456789
  7. 111111
  8. 1234567
  9. iloveyou
  10. adobe123
  11. 123123
  12. admin
  13. 1234567890
  14. letmein
  15. photoshop
  16. 1234
  17. monkey
  18. shadow
  19. sunshine
  20. 12345
  21. password1
  22. princess
  23. azerty
  24. trustno1
  25. 000000

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  • AlexChristopherJohnson

    It is not suprising to read this article, bearing in mind that many end users still believe that their data is safe despite having a low quality password.

    Makes you wonder whether people actualy contemplate the potential of their data being stolen due to lack of security.

    Regards,
    Alex Christopher Johnson

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  • rfmorgan

    One reason people use simple passwords is the difficulty of keeping track of them all. You don't want to use the same password for all the websites you access.

     

    I have a password scheme that passes even large corporation (I worked for Taylor Corp) requirements. You probably have some old phone numbers stuck in your head that other people would not know. Use them for a password with the following technique: Type the area code as is. Type the rest of the phone number 1 row down on the main keyboard (1 becomes q, 7 becomes u, dash becomes [). Type the next 3 digits in lower case, the last 4 digits in upper case, or vice- versa.  With this scheme, you can put a cheat sheet by your computer without giving away anything.  For example, I put farm l/u on my cheat sheet, meaning the phone number I had at a small farm where I lived 20 years ago, with the exchange in lower case and the rest in upper case.  I access about 50 sites requiring passwords, and have no problem keeping them straight.

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