2011 'Top 25' Worst passwords on the web
1 November 2011
Passwords such as “password” and “123456” are both on the list of the 25 most common passwords used on the Internet this year, according to SplashData, a leading provider of password software for more than 10 years.
Other common passwords include “iloveyou” and “111111”, and patterns based on the layout of the keyboard like "qwerty" and "qazwsx." With an increasing number of sites requiring more complex passwords, some letter and number combinations like "abc123" and "trustno1" are being used more often.
According to SplashData, the “25 Worst Passwords of the Year” on the web are:
|8. letmein||15. sunshine||22. superman|
|2. 123456||9. trustno1||16. ashley||23. qazwsx|
|3. 12345678||10. dragon||17. bailey||24. michael|
|4. qwerty||11. baseball||18. passw0rd||25. football|
|5. abc123||12. 111111||19. shadow|
|6. monkey||13. iloveyou||20. 123123|
|7. 1234567||14. master||21. 654321|
SplashData's top 25 list was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. SplashData suggests making passwords more secure with these tips:
- Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters. One way to create longer, more secure passwords that are easy to remember is to use short words with spaces or other characters separating them. For example, "eat cake at 8!" or "car_park_city?"
- Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites. Especially risky is using the same password for entertainment sites that you do for online email, social networking, and financial services. Use different passwords for each new website or service you sign up for.
- Having trouble remembering all those different passwords? Try using a password manager application that organizes and protects passwords and can automatically log you into websites.