'123456' tops SplashData's annual 'Worst Passwords' list

'123456' tops SplashData's annual 'Worst Passwords' list

'123456' tops SplashData's annual 'Worst Passwords' list

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 26 at 1:28 PM

The list of the 25 worst passwords of 2013 is out and there's a change the word in the top spot. Splashdata reports that "123456" now out ranks "password," which is usually number one.

Next on the list: "12345678," "qwerty," and "abc123."

SplashData says their list was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online last year. They say many people continue to put themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords.

The top 25:

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

SplashData says one way to create more secure passwords that are easy to recall is to use passphrases -- short words with spaces or other characters separating them. It's best to use random words rather than common phrases. For example, "cakes years birthday" or "smiles_light_skip?"

Also, 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, or financial service sites. Use different passwords for each new website or service you sign up for.

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