25 of the worst passwords of the year

SplashData released its latest list of the ’25 Worst Passwords of the Year’ list and judging from previous lists, internet users still continue to use many of the same weak passwords used in 2011. The list is compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords that have been posted online by hackers.

Worst Passwords List

Despite vulnerability fears that stem from weak passwords being used online, it seems that many users continue to put their security and data at risk by using common words or sequences that are easily guessable for even the most inexperienced hacker.

The list this year welcomes some new additions by the way of passwords such as ‘welcome, ‘ninja’, ‘password1’ and even ‘Jesus’ makes the list this year. Unchanged from last year’s list though, the three most popular passwords for 2012 are ‘password’, ‘123456’ and ‘12345678’.

With high-profile hacks occurring this year, SplashData are hoping that the publication of the list highlights the importance and the need of choosing a robust password to keep yourself safe and secure.

In a statement, SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said “We’re hoping 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 Web sites.” He added that “Just a little bit more effort in choosing better passwords will go a long way toward making you safer online.”

SplashData’s list, including changes in the ranking is as follows:

  1. password (unchanged)
  2. 123456 (unchanged)
  3. 12345678 (unchanged)
  4. abc123 (up 1)
  5. qwerty (down 1)
  6. monkey (unchanged)
  7. letmein (up 1)
  8. dragon (up 2)
  9. 111111 (up 3)
  10. baseball (up 1)
  11. iloveyou (up 2)
  12. trustno1 (down 3)
  13. 1234567 (down 6)
  14. sunshine (up 1)
  15. master (down 1)
  16. 123123 (up 4)
  17. welcome (new)
  18. shadow (up 1)
  19. ashley (down 3)
  20. football (up 5)
  21. Jesus (new)
  22. michael (up 2)
  23. ninja (new)
  24. mustang (new)
  25. password1 (new)

Experts suggest picking long passwords (Longer the better) that include different characters whilst excluding personal information that can be tied to you. This includes relative’s names, birthdays or pet names.

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