A 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!