The 25 worst internet passwords

SplashData has released their “25 worst passwords of 2011” as reported by PCWorld.

The list has been compiled by researching the most hacked passwords on the internet. The perennial favourite of “password” heads the list, followed by some predictable sequences like “123456” and “abc123”.

But the most surprising would have to be “monkey”, which made it to number six on the list. That means a lot of people have been going bananas after being hacked despite their seemingly obscure password. And then there’s “dragon” at number ten. Perhaps there’s a whole raft of 70s and 80s Australasian rock fans out there?

Here are the top ten worst passwords from the list:

1. password
2. 123456
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football

Are you guilty of using any of these? If so, it’s probably time to change them. Refer to our data security article for some handy hints on choosing better passwords.

Do you have any additional tips for password security? Or would you like to share some of the worst ones you’ve heard/used? Tell us.

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