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Nov 18 2011   1:00PM GMT

It’s official, ‘password’ is the worst password you can pick

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SplashData have released their annual list of the worst possible internet passwords and the usual suspects are all there, with ‘password’ and ‘123456’ topping the pile. 


The rise in websites requiring users to have both letters and numbers in their passwords has had a significant effect on the list as you can see below. 

The list, which was compiled using millions of stolen passwords that were then posted online by hackers, is in order of how common they are:

1. password
2. 123456
3.12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football
‘ReplaceMe’, ‘ChangeMe’ and ‘Hello’ are all noticeable absentees in my opinion. But before you try, they aren’t actually my passwords for anything.

ComputerWeekly.com strongly recommends that if your current password appears on this list you change it now. Something like, ‘ICantBelieveIWasSuchAFool2’ (never forget to add a number) may be more effective. 

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