The 25 Worst Passwords Of 2012


If any of your
passwords are on this list, then shame on you – and go change them now.
SplashData, which makes password
management applications, has released its annual “Worst Passwords”
list compiled from common passwords that are posted by hackers. The top three –“password,”
“123456,” and “12345678″
– have not changed
since last year. New ones include “jesus,”
“ninja,” “mustang,” “password1,” and
passwords have moved up and down on the list.

The most surprising addition is
probably “welcome.”

“That means people are not even
changing default passwords,” CEO Morgan Slain told TIME Tech. “It
doesn’t take that much time to make a new password.”
You should have different passwords
for all of your accounts. To make it easier to remember them all, Slain
suggests thinking about passwords as “passphrases.” For instance, use
a phrase like “dog eats bone” and add underscores, dashes, hyphens,
and other punctuation marks to satisfy the special character requirement:
Here’s the full list:
1. password
2. 123456
3. 12345678
4. abc123
5. qwerty
6. monkey
7. letmein
8. dragon
9. 111111
10. baseball
11. iloveyou
12. trustno1
13. 1234567
14. sunshine
15. master
16. 123123
17. welcome
18. shadow
19. ashley
20. football
21. jesus
22. michael
23. ninja
24. mustang
25. password1


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