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Top 25 Worst Passwords: 'Password,' '123456' Still on Top

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Top three worst passwords from last year remain unchanged.

Internet users are continuing to utilize passwords that can be easily guessed, according to SplashData's annual "25 Worst Passwords of the Year" list.

Unsurprisingly, the three most popular passwords for 2012 are the same as last year: "password," "123456," and "12345678." The list was compiled thanks to files containing millions of stolen passwords posted by hackers onto the web.

New entries to the list include the likes of 'jesus,' 'ninja,' and 'password1.' Elsewhere, 'superman,' 'passw0rd,' and 'bailey' have fallen off of the list.

"At this time of year, people enjoy focusing on scary costumes, movies and decorations, but those who have been through it can tell you how terrifying it is to have your identity stolen because of a hacked password," said SplashData CEO Morgan Slain. "We're hoping that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different passwords for different websites."

The 2012 list of the 25 worst passwords:

  1. password (unchanged)
  2. 123456 (unchanged)
  3. 12345678 (unchanged)
  4. abc123 (up 1)
  5. qwerty (down 1)
  6. monkey (unchanged)
  7. letmein (up 1)
  8. dragon (up 2)
  9. 111111 (up 3)
  10. baseball (up 1)
  11. iloveyou (up 2)
  12. trustno1 (down 3)
  13. 1234567 (down 6)
  14. sunshine (up 1)
  15. master (down 1)
  16. 123123 (up 4)
  17. welcome (new)
  18. shadow (up 1)
  19. ashley (down 3)
  20. football (up 5)
  21. Jesus (new)
  22. michael (up 2)
  23. ninja (new)
  24. mustang (new)
  25. password1 (new)

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    teodoreh , October 25, 2012 8:46 AM
    omg this is my Tom's Hardware login password! ;D
  • 19 Hide
    greghome , October 25, 2012 8:58 AM
    Hey!!
    Zak Islam article, not Apple?
    There is hope for this guy yet :p 
  • 16 Hide
    dark_wizzie , October 25, 2012 9:55 AM
    "Ninja", what a boss password.
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  • 15 Hide
    killabanks , October 25, 2012 8:34 AM
    people are nuts
  • 19 Hide
    teodoreh , October 25, 2012 8:46 AM
    omg this is my Tom's Hardware login password! ;D
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    outlw6669 , October 25, 2012 8:47 AM
    Hey, all my work passwords are on the list!
    But that is really more a show of protest to the idiotic IT department at my company.

    Seriously, instead of maintaining a single password for all intercompany services we have to maintain SIX separate passwords for daily use.
    Passwords that must be individually changed on random days in intervals ranging from monthly to every 6 months :heink: 

    I can only hope that my firm is badly hacked one day and finally overhauls their IT practices...
  • 19 Hide
    greghome , October 25, 2012 8:58 AM
    Hey!!
    Zak Islam article, not Apple?
    There is hope for this guy yet :p 
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    greghome , October 25, 2012 9:06 AM
    greghomeHey!!Zak Islam article, not Apple?There is hope for this guy yet

    Lol i guess it didn't get censured ;) . Better change it now ;) 
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    Anonymous , October 25, 2012 9:17 AM
    you missed the top 2 worse ones

    actually the worse password is not having a password at all and/or using auto login ;) 
  • 7 Hide
    DSpider , October 25, 2012 9:25 AM
    Ninja, dragon? Come on... Baseball? Then we all know where these come from, don't we? Yeah... Americans.
  • 6 Hide
    waxdart , October 25, 2012 9:42 AM
    most of them read like default passwords which I.T. set up and people never bother to change.
  • 15 Hide
    BigBodZod , October 25, 2012 9:44 AM
    Hmm, remind me to change the passcode on my luggage please ;) 
  • 16 Hide
    dark_wizzie , October 25, 2012 9:55 AM
    "Ninja", what a boss password.
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    mariusmotea , October 25, 2012 10:40 AM
    The site that make that password list is very insecure. All passwords must be stored encrypted with MD5 (or something irreversible). Any information leakage will compromise any account.
  • 4 Hide
    Cryio , October 25, 2012 10:50 AM
    Lol, the 4th one is my school computers password :|.
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    adgjlsfhk , October 25, 2012 10:59 AM
    are school gives students default "student12345". Also, my parents set internet parental controls for my sister last year the list of passwords: parental controls, kidproof, lolz, omg1, huge pita
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    vittau , October 25, 2012 11:46 AM
    dark_wizzie"Ninja", what a boss password.

    What about trustno1, so hardcore.
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    mortsmi7 , October 25, 2012 11:46 AM
    Good. Looks like "password5" is still safe.
  • 11 Hide
    mobrocket , October 25, 2012 12:14 PM
    dragon, ashley, michael are more common than password1...
    that is very surprising to me
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    synth0 , October 25, 2012 12:18 PM
    Interesting... how does that company "SplashData" even get *all the passwords* to be ranked in the first place?
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    blppt , October 25, 2012 12:23 PM
    bigbodzodHmm, remind me to change the passcode on my luggage please


    +1000 for the Mel Brooks reference, ROFL.
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    christop , October 25, 2012 12:33 PM
    Funny the people who use such simple password are like um my account was hacked I don't know what's going on....
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    cats_Paw , October 25, 2012 1:26 PM
    LetMeIn, Iloveyou. Its more like talking to a girl rather than a PC password ... (btw i already commneted this but my comment vaniesd... weird).
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