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January 22, 2014

Password no longer the most used password, replaced by 123456 instead


With many websites not only telling users to improve their passwords but various lectures on the subject still seem to be flying over the heads of many users. There still seems to be a lack of users not realising just what can happen with poor or “well known” passwords. The pathetic “password” is no longer the most popular password on the planet or should that be www. It’s been replaced by the ludicrous even farcical “123456″.

The list is compiled each year by mobile software firm SplashData by going through the passwords exposed in data breaches during the year and compiling the most popular. For SplashData “most popular” is the same as “worst” since overused passwords will be easy to guess, but in all honesty, all the passwords on the list are pretty much useless. The goal is to encourage people to use passwords that are more difficult for hackers to crack, according to SplashData officials.

CEO Morgan Slain said in a statement,

“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.”

The 25 passwords on the list of the worst of 2013, released 21 January, are examples of what users should not do, according to SplashData. Many are easily guessable – think “qwerty” at number four, “iloveyou” at number 9 or “admin,” a new word on the list, at number 12. There are also several passwords that use a small number of numerals, from “111111″ at number seven, “1234″ at 16, “12345″ at 20 and “000000″ at 25.

A couple of the passwords new on the list stem from the security breach last year at Adobe, where personal information for up to as many as 2.9 million of the company’s customers was compromised. Popping up on SplashData’s list were “adobe123″ at number 10 and “photoshop” at number 15.
Morgan Slain also 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.”

Using a password generator can protect your device and give you peace-of-mind.

Remember, the more options you choose, the more secure the passwords will be.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini