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09
Aug

25 Worst Passwords 2014

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Passwords have become both critical and a pain to manage in the Internet age.  My recommendation is to take a considered approach to choosing and managing these little keys to your online life. I use Infosafe a secure password storage service which can be accessed via a browser or my iPhone and requires only one master password to be remembered, there are many other similar services available though.  Choosing paswords can be a trap so read the following to make sure you don't make the mistake of picking an easily guessed one.

Though I had hoped that we, as people, would have improved our passwords by now, it turns out that we, as people, are still unimaginative and so very lazy. Just take a look at the most popular (read: the worst) passwords of 2014. They're terribly predictable.

The rankings were created by SplashData who gathered the data from the millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers in 2012 and ranked them in order of popularity.

The good news is that “password” is no longer the most-popular password on the Internet, according to the latest report from SplashData. The bad news is that it’s still the second-most common—and “123456” is the first.

At first blush, SplashData’s annual list of the 25 most common passwords—compiled from files posted online in the wake of security breaches—is not the sort of document that instills great faith in the cleverness of the online masses. On the other hand, some password has to be the most popular. Wouldn’t it be weird if it weren’t something really dumb and obvious?

Keep in mind that the report only tells us the popularity of the top 25 passwords relative to one another, not their absolute popularity. It’s conceivable, then, that both “password” and “123456” are less common across the Internet than they were a year ago. In fact, SplashData CEO Morgan Slain confirmed to me via email that the weakest passwords have declined in popularity in recent years—but only slightly. "We keep hoping for steeper declines as people get more educated about the risks of simple passwords (hence the annual list) and as websites start to enforce stronger password policies," he said.

So in the spirit of educational password-shaming, here's SplashData's list of this year's 25 worst passwords, along with our own expert analysis of what each one says about the sort of person who uses it. If you find one of your own on the list, it would be prudent to promptly re-examine your entire life change it.

  1. 123456
    I can’t be bothered to take even the most basic step to protect my personal information. Seriously, just go ahead and take it.

  2. password
    I failed to understand the question.

  3. 12345678
    I tried “123456,” but the computer said I had to use at least eight characters.

  4. qwerty
    Aren’t I clever? My password is written right there on the keyboard. 

  5. abc123
    I'm a fan of the Jackson Five.

  6. 123456789
    I’m a positive-integer maximalist. 

  7. 111111
    I managed to find one of the few passwords that’s both easy to crack and hard to remember. (How many 1s was it, again?)

  8. 1234567
    Seven is my lucky number!

  9. iloveyou
    I’m Theodore Twombly.

  10. adobe123
    You may have cracked my Adobe password, hacker, but you’ll never guess my password for Microsoft!

  11. 123123
    Aha! You were expecting 123456, weren’t you.

  12. admin
    I should be fired immediately.

  13. 1234567890
    I have mastered the base-10 numeral system.

  14. letmein
    Might as well let everyone else in, too.

  15. photoshop
    They told me not to use the same password for every program, so...

  16. 1234
    I can’t be bothered to take even the most basic step to protect my personal information, and neither can the people who run this site.

  17. monkey
    I am an actual monkey.

  18. shadow
    I fancy myself quite sneaky.

  19. sunshine
    I cry myself to sleep at night.

  20. 12345
    I cannot be bothered to take even the most basic etc. 

  21. password1
    My last password was compromised, so I added a “1” this time for extra security.

  22. princess
    I’m waiting to be swept off my feet by a Nigerian prince.

  23. azerty
    Hey, at least it's better than qwerty.

  24. trustno1
    It's not paranoia if they really do keep guessing my password.

  25. 000000
    My day job is coming up with nuclear launch codes
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Nigel is a Telecommunications professional with 15 years industry experience. He has run several successful companies in the ITC sector and is currently positioning Ufone to be a leading niche player in the cloud and VoIP markets.