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25 Most Popular (and Worthless) Passwords

Strong PasswordsIt seems there is a new hacking situation on a very regular basis on the news. We’re talking big hacks of major companies. When those hacks occur, it often can mean millions of customers have their login credentials stolen. The folks at SplashData look over all the data and compile an annual list of the most commonly used passwords. Below is the list for 2013 and you’ll find the change from 2012 in parenthesis.

  1. 123456 (Unchanged)
  2. password (Unchanged)
  3. 12345 (Up 17)
  4. 12345678 (Down 1)
  5. qwerty (Down 1)
  6. 123456789 (Unchanged)
  7. 1234 (Up 9)
  8. baseball (New)
  9. dragon (New)
  10. football (New)
  11. 1234567 (Down 4)
  12. monkey (Up 5)
  13. letmein (Up 1)
  14. abc123 (Down 9)
  15. 111111 (Down 8)
  16. mustang (New)
  17. access (New)
  18. shadow (Unchanged)
  19. master (New)
  20. michael (New)
  21. superman (New)
  22. 696969 (New)
  23. 123123 (Down 12)
  24. batman (New)
  25. trustno1 (Down 1)

As I looked at the list, I was just shaking my head as I can’t imagine that people are still using so many of these easy to guess passwords. Knowing they are in the Top 25 makes them even easier to guess since the bad guys can just go down the list! I really hope all of use are not using such simple passwords, but I fear many of you use something on this list or at least something equally easy to guess.

For your own safety, use strong passwords! I wrote a long post on this at Choosing Strong Passwords and Remembering Them Easily. If you follow my advice, you won’t have any difficulty choosing a strong password and just as important, you’ll never forgot a password. For example, I’ll often use a password that looks like “%BxazClzZ30y5#”. Each site that requires a password will have one equally as difficult to guess. Yet I don’t forget any of them because Roboform takes care of that for me.

Some of you will refuse to use Roboform simply because it isn’t free. So let me ask you, how much time have you wasted in the last year trying to remember your passwords? Have you gotten hacked because some of them are too simple as in the above? Does your time and security have any value to you? Yes, Roboform costs $9.95 for the first year. For all of the hard work it does for me and the security it provides, it is well worth the cost. Quit making excuses and start using (and remembering) secure passwords!

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About Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III is the author of thirteen books on CorelDRAW, the latest being CorelDRAW X6 Unleashed. He has been a contributor to numerous magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site and many more, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics and Web conferences.

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