Annual Worst Passwords List Is Facepalm Worthy

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Splashdata’s annual worst passwords list has hit the Internet and it is completely facepalm worthy in every way. With data breaches hitting Target, Staples, Jewel/Albertsons’s, Home Depot, OfficeMax and many others in 2014 you would think people would begin to take password strength a little more seriously. But it seems the populous likes to live on the edge, seeing as the top worst password is once again “123456”.Picard-Star-Trek-Facepalm-123456-Password

“Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData. “Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences. As more websites require stronger passwords or combinations of letters and numbers, longer keyboard patterns are becoming common passwords, and they are still not secure.”

It doesn’t surprise me that the people who hold such weak and absurd passwords are probably the same people who were hit the hardest during the data breaches of 2014. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were also the loudest to complain about the data breaches as well. If you’re reading this and have a password anywhere near what’s on this list, please, change it! You should also think about two-factor authentication as well. Without further ado, the full list, with comparison to 2013’s list, is below. Enjoy!

Presenting SplashData’s “Worst Passwords of 2014”:

Rank Password Change from 2013
1 – 123456 (no change)
2 – password (no change)
3 – 12345 (up 17)
4 – 12345678 (down 1)
5 – qwerty (down 1)
6 – 123456789 (no change)
7 – 1234  (up 9)
8 – baseball (new)
9 – dragon (new)
10 – football (new)
11 – 1234567 (down 4)
12 – monkey  (up5)
13 – letmein (up 1)
14 – abc123 (down 9)
15 – 111111 (down 8)
16 – mustang (new)
17 – access (new)
18 – shadow (no change)
19 – master (new)
20 – michael (new)
21 – superman (new)
22 – 696969 (new)
23 – 123123 (down 12)
24 – batman (new)
25 – trustno1 (down 1)

  Source: Splashdata
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