News: Worst passwords of the year revealed

Small business web securityA list of the most popular (and therefore worst) passwords of 2013 has been revealed, and the old favourite ‘password’ is no longer at the top of the list.

According to a study by SplashData, 123456 was the most common password found on the web in the last 12 months, overtaking password which was last year’s winner.

Strings of ascending numbers feature heavily in the list, with passwords starting with 1234 featuring seven times in the top 25. More random (and seemingly more secure) words such as monkey, princess and shadow also made it to the list.

SplashData publishes an annual list of the worst passwords with the hope of encouraging better password use. Morgan Slain, CEO of the company, said “As always, we hope 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 list of the top 25 most common passwords is below. If you spot your favourite password among them, it’s time to think of a new one!

  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

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