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2013 Worst Passwords Revealed

00011828SplashData released their 2013 list of “Worst Passwords of 2013”.  The list is compiled from files containing stolen passwords posted online.  The following table ranks the top 25 worst passwords for 2013 and compares them to 2012 and 2011.

 

Rank

2013

2012

2011

1

123456 password password

2

password 123456 123456

3

12345678 12345678 12345678

4

qwerty abc123 qwerty

5

abc123 qwerty abc123

6

123456789 monkey monkey

7

111111 letmein 1234567

8

1234567 dragon letmein

9

iloveyou 111111 trustno1

10

adobe123 baseball dragon

11

123123 iloveyou baseball

12

admin trustno1 111111

13

1234567890 1234567 iloveyou

14

letmein sunshine master

15

photoshop master sunshine

16

1234 123123 ashley

17

monkey welcome bailey

18

shadow shadow passw0rd

19

sunshine ashley shadow

20

12345 football 123123

21

password1 jesus 654321

22

princess michael superman

23

azerty ninja qazwsx

24

trustno1 mustang michael

25

000000 password1 football

 

The above list demonstrates that people continue to use the same weak passwords over again.  The SplashData lists contain helpful hints on creating secure passwords.  This previous blog post contains valuable information as well.  As we become more dependent on the Internet, there are more and more passwords that we have to remember.  That’s why people tend to gravitate to these easy to remember passwords.  Instead, using a memorable sentence such as “I love my dog!” provides a password that is both easy to remember and hard to break, as it contains both capitalization and a special character.  If you are limited to the number of characters, then a mix of punctuation and special characters helps as well, such as “BeHappy!”.

About the author

Anand Khemlani

I am a founding member of Fulcrum Inquiry, an accounting and economic consulting firm that performs damage analysis for commercial litigation, forensic accountings, financial investigations, and business valuations. I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and am a licensed Real Estate Broker. I regularly serve as an expert witness involving results of my forensic accounting assignments and damage analyses. My resume is available on Fulcrum's website

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