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Jan 21 2014

Time for a Reset: 2013’s Most Commonly Used Passwords

Password-on-a-Post-It-NoteEveryone always thinks it’s funny when you tell them that “password” is the perennial favorite for the most commonly used password. Then they steal away in the night and reset their password to something else. Apparently, in 2013, they changed it to “123456.” May God have mercy on their souls.

SplashData just compiled a list of the 25 most commonly used passwords in 2013 and “123456” led the charge. I know none of you would use that as a password, but what about something sneaky like “abc123” or “000000?” If you are using either of those then I have bad news, you’re crap is gonna get hacked. And if you’re setting your password to something so simple, you deserve to be hacked. There’s no two ways about it, you brought this on yourself.

I would like to know how SlashData came up with this list? Did they just ask people for their passwords? Is that the level of stupid we’ve come to?

I know as well as you that having a strong, random password can be annoying, and having to reset it every month is infuriating. But I guess it’s better than the alternative. “Getting mocked by your peers after someone replaces your desktop background with a topless mermaid riding a unicorn?” Actually I put that there on purpose.

Hit the jump for the full list.

Rank
Password
Change from 2012
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
11
123123
Up 5
12
sunshine
Up 2
13
1234567890
New
14
letmein
Down 7
15
photoshop
New
16
1234
New
17
monkey
Down 11
18
shadow
Unchanged
19
sunshine
Down 5
20
12345
New
21
password1
Up 4
22
princess
New
23
azerty
New
24
trustno1
Down 12
25
000000
New

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