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Dumbest Internet Passwords of 2013 Revealed

1,2,3,4,5,6 replaces former Number 1

by Mark Hodgkinson Jan 21, 2014 at 9:44 AM


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    Dumbest Internet Passwords of 2013 Revealed
    Internet security specialists SplashData have revealed the list of 2013 worst passwords and if any of yours are amongst the list, go to the bottom of the class.
    The list details the 25 most used passwords found on the Internet but for the first time since SplashData began compiling its list, "password" has lost its title as the most used.

    Fear not, however, the public has not lost its penchant for naivety, the new favourite is "123456" which isn’t going to take your average hacker very long to work out.

    According to SplashData, this year's list was influenced by the large number of passwords from Adobe users posted online by a security consulting firm, following Adobe's well publicised security breach.

    "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," says Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData.

    Other passwords in the Top Ten include "qwerty," "abc123," "111111," and "iloveyou."
    Adobe security breach has influenced the list

    "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," Slain said. For example, new to this year's list are simple and easily guessable passwords like "1234" at #16, "12345" at #20, and "000000" at #25.

    SplashData releases its annual list in an effort to encourage the adoption of stronger passwords. "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."

    Here’s the full Top 10:

    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

    So what’s your worst password? Please don’t use the comments below to tell us

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