How safe is your password?
How safe is your password?

Revealed: The worst passwords of 2013

THINK you've got a pretty good password?

A lot of people do.

Software provider SplashData have just released their annual 'Worst Passwords' list and it is probably worth a glance.

The firm said that the results show many people continue to put themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords.

Some of passwords in the top ten included 'qwerty', 'abc123', '111111', and 'iloveyou'.

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SplashData  CEO Morgan Slain said that seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on the list offered a good reminder not to base passwords on the name of the website or application.

"Another interesting aspect of this year's list is that more short numerical passwords showed up even though websites are starting to enforce stronger password policies," Mr Slain said.

The company compiled the list using online files that contained millions of stolen passwords.

>>Got a hacker-proof password?

In a blog post the company gave a few tips on how to make a more secure password.

"Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters. But even passwords with common substitutions like 'dr4mat1c' can be vulnerable to attackers' increasingly sophisticated technology, and random combinations like 'j%7K&yPx$' can be difficult to remember. One way to create more secure passwords that are easy to recall is to use passphrases -- short words with spaces or other characters separating them. It's best to use random words rather than common phrases. For example, 'cakes years birthday' or 'smiles_light_skip?'.

Still happy with your password?


SplashData's Worst Passwords of 2013

 

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. 123456789
  7. 111111
  8. 1234567
  9. iloveyou
  10. adobe123
  11. 123123
  12. sunshine
  13. 1234567890
  14. letmein
  15. photoshop
  16. 1234
  17. monkey
  18. shadow
  19. sunshine (sic)
  20. 12345
  21. password1
  22. princess
  23. azerty
  24. trustno1
  25. 000000
     


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