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A New Number One On The List Of Worst Passwords Of The Year

For years, the list of worst passwords was dominated by the word “password.” It was consistently among the most common and easy to guess. But now there’s a new number one.

SplashData, a password management application, has announced that first time in years, “password” fell from the number one spot to second place. It now sits behind “12345.”

Interestingly, many of the passwords on the list below are short and numerical. This trend comes even after many websites began asking for more complex passwords that contain at least one number, notes Morgan Slain, CEO of Splash Data.

“Seeing passwords like ‘adobe123’ and ‘photoshop’ on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing,” he said in a statement. 

Splash Data offers several tips in making passwords more secure such as using passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters, even though these are not immune to security breach either.

“But even passwords with common substitutions like “dr4matic” can be vulnerable to attackers’ increasingly sophisticated technology,” Slain said.

In addition, Splash Data suggests avoiding using the same username/password combination for multiple websites and “using a password manager application that organizes and protects passwords and can automatically log you into websites.”

Here is the list of worst passwords of 2013 and their change from 2012, according to SplashData:

1. 123456 (Up 1)

2. passoword (Down 1)

3. 12345678 (Unchanged)

4. qwerty (Up 1)

5. abc123 (Down 1)

6. 123456789 (New)

7. 111111 (Up 2)

8. 1234567 (Up 5)

9. iloveyou (Up 2)

10. adobe123 (New)

11. 123123 (Up 5)

12. admin (New)

13. 1234567890 (New)

14. letmein (Down 7)

15. photoshop (New)

16. 1234 (New)

17. monkey (Down 11)

18. shadow (Unchanged)

19. sunshine (Down 5)

20. 12345 (new)

21. password1 (Up 4)

22. princess (New)

23. azerty (New)

24. trustno1 (Down 12)

25. 000000 (New)

Sources: The Blaze, SplashData

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