Is it 123456 or Qwerty? Check whether your password is amongst the worst of 2013

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
11:06 AM

The number sequence “123456” has been named the worst password of 2013, according to new research.

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Most commonly used 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. admin

13. 1234567890

14. letmein

15. photoshop

16. 1234

17. monkey

18. shadow

19. sunshine

20. 12345

21. password1

22. princess

23. azerty

24. trustno1

25. 000000

It finished top in a list of the 25 most commonly used passwords, compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online last year.

The word “password”, which previously held the top spot in the rankings, slipped to number two on the list, according to SplashData, which compiled the data.

The list was influenced by a major security breach at software company Adobe in October, which affected tens of millions of users, researchers said.

It resulted in a large number of personal details and passwords being posted online.

Morgan Slain, chief executive of SplashData, which makes password management applications, said: “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.”

The company said the list showed that “many people continue to put themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords”.

Other passwords in the top 10 included “qwerty” - six adjacent letters on a computer keyboard - “abc123,” “111111,” and “iloveyou”.

Mr Slain added: “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.

“For example, new to this year’s list are simple and easily guessable passwords like “1234” at number 16, “12345” at number 20, and “000000” at number 25.

“As always, we hope 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.”

SpashData has advised consumers or businesses using any of the passwords on the list to change them immediately.

The company warned that even passwords with common substitutions like “dr4mat1c” can be vulnerable to attackers’ increasingly sophisticated technology.

They also suggest that random words should be used for passwords rather than common phrases, and avoid using the same the same username and password combination for multiple websites.

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5 comments

  • L0t$ oF g00D adv1c3 h3r3

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    KeithS

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • For we who are growing long in the tooth maybe using the initial letters of the lines of a hymn or song that one can remember easily -eg There must be some way out of here said the joker to the thief , becomes tmbswoohstjttt which is long enough to satisfy most sites -it is then possible to interpose letters,numbers or symbols with the letters according to a system which is also recalled easily and an aid to memory need only be a reference to 1st 2nd or 3rd line

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Must be a slow news day today!

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Having worked in the IT industry for more years than I care to admit to, a good password is vital. The best are combinations of letters, numbers and special characters (star, dollar, pound, hash, etc). Also, don't choose words that can be found in the dictionary with the obvious letters replaced by numbers - A becomes 4, i or l becomes 1, o becomes zero, etc. They're too easily guessed by sophisticated cracker programs. Instead, combine disparate words. For example, "fruitwarsaw". The longer the password, the better. "#46fru98itwar$saw" would be a good type of choise as it cannot be cracked by using a dictionary. Obviously, it's got to be one you can remember, so relate it to yourself, such as your home town, favourite football team, where you met your partner, a favourite food, etc. Of course, to be really secure, you should use random letters, numbers and characters and have a different password for each siteaccount you visit.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • I read that more families are having problems tying up deceased relatives social media "memberships" and accessing accounts which are administered online. Whether it is a good idea to keep a record of passwords in order to aid in such an event-or even if the memory starts to go I could not say but the demands for password strength from some companies makes one feel a bit Bletchley!

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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