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“Password” dethroned, as the worst password of 2013 list is revealed

Sometimes it’s not easy being on top! Well, it is actually easy to be on top if you are looking at the list of the top 25 worst passwords of 2013, as for the first time in many years the word “password” is no longer the most commonly used password in the world.

“Password” has been usurped by the equally simple “123456″ to top the list of worst passwords of 2013 according to the people over at SplashData. The website compiles various lists of hacked accounts to create a ranking of the worst passwords of the year, and man are some of them simple.

Rank Password Change from 2012

1

123456

Up 1

2

password

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

SplashData’s top 25 list was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online during the previous year. The company advises consumers or businesses using any of the passwords on the list to change them immediately.”

‘Im sure we all know someone somewhere that uses “password” as a login credential, but finally it appears that the world is learning about security for the wealth of electronic devices we use daily.

The top 25 list is a varied affair, most of which are simple words surrounding the login process itself or a series of sequential numbers or laid out keyboard keys. Passwords like “QWERTY”, “AZERTY” and “12345678” all rank high on the bad passwords list.

A few oddities have crept into the top 25 though with “adobe123” and “photoshop” both showing how many people use their computers heavily with Adobe products, but the oddest of the new entries is probably the word “Princess”. A few clever logins are also featured including the classic “letmein” and “trustno1”, both of which are a lot less secure than their owners think.

“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,” SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a statement.

So if you are looking across this list and see any of your used passwords on here, it might be time for a change!

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