25 Worst Passwords



You are shopping online. You discover a new website and find something you can’t live without. In order to buy, you must first set up an account with a user name and password. You go with your old reliable password. Don’t do it.

Research shows that password is the most common password, followed closely by 123456 or 12345678 when necessary. Common passwords translate into bad passwords because they are easily guessed.

SplashData’s Worst Passwords of 2012*

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

If you use a password on this list, you should change it immediately. SplashData has these tips for more secure passwords:

  • Choose passwords with eight characters or more
  • Use a mix of characters—alpha, numeric and special
  • Create passwords by using short words separated by spaces or other characters; e.g. On_the_Record
  • Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites
  • Use different passwords for each new website or service. Especially use strong original passwords for financial services websites.

 

* SplashData’s list was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers.

 

By: Amy Praskac

 

Amy Praskac is a professional organizer who helps clients organize their important records. Read more tips at Amy on Organizing Records.