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And the Winner is – The Top 25 Least Secure Passwords

January 11th, 2014 , Jeffrey Hodnett Security, Ecommerce

Every January, we start to see a lot of year-end data showing up in press releases and a lot of “Top 20 of 2013″ type of lists begin to make the news.

One of my favorites this year is a report published by security consulting firm Splashdata that reveals the top 25 worst passwords for 2013. The list was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online during the previous year.

The long standing champion of horrible passwords “password” has been knocked of its perch by perennial challenger “123456.”

Most of the list consist of strings of #s or letters in order, but there are a few others that might dig a little deeper into our psyches.

For example:

–#9 is from our romantic side with “iloveyou”.

–#14 shows our impatience with “letmein”

–Apparently we are creatures of the night because #18 “Shadow” narrowly edged out #19 “Sunshine”

–Graphic designers seem to be among the worst offenders as “Adobe123” made it to #10 and “Photoshop” was #15

–“Monkey”(#17) and “Princess”(#20) were the other two real words to make the list. Not too sure that means.

–And further proving that computer users are still geeks at heart “trustno1” made the list at #24. Its an homage the x-files- a show that went off the air in 2002.

Last year we put together a blog of suggestions to beef up your password. You can find those here.

 The Top List

In the meantime, here is the complete list of the TOP 25

  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
  23. azerty
  24. trustno1
  25. 000000

What’s the BFD?:
Password are getting more complicated and hackers are getting better at cracking them. If you’re using anything on this list – or something similar – you are probably setting yourself up for some potential issues.

[UPDATE: Good link from LifeHacker if you find you’ve been the victim of Identity theft ]