Top 10 most popular passwords

Is your password one of the most common?

Top 10 most popular passwords
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Pony is the name of a ‘botnet controller’ which has been circulating around the computers of unaware users for some time now. The malicious software has been using a keylogger to collect just under 2 million account passwords, mostly to social networking accounts, with over 300,000 Facebook login credentials being compromised. A keylogger is a type of virus which records the keys you press on your computer’s keyboard and sends it to a server, usually so someone can access your online accounts.

The data collected by Pony has been traced to the Netherlands by Trustwave’s SpiderLabs, a group of hackers who aim to improve poor online security, rather than exploit it.

Spiderlabs has analysed the data and released a list of the 10 most popular passwords, which is shown below in comparison to a similar list released in 2011.

It has also stated that “Back in 2006 the top ten most common passwords comprised only 0.9% of the total count. Today, in 2013, they add up to 2.4%”, which is alarming considering how much more people rely on the internet today.
 

Top 10 passwords of 2013    

Top 10 passwords of 2011    

12345

password

123456789

123456

1234

12345678

password

qwerty

12345

abc123

12345678

monkey

admin

1234567

123

letmein

1

trustno1

1234567

dragon

The attack was aimed primarily at internet users based in the Netherlands, but like most viruses it has crept further out into the web and spread to over 90 countries. There isn’t much cause for concern, but if you’re worried you should have a read of our top five tips for staying safe online.

The full report is available on Spiderlab’s blog.

So, what are your online passwords? (Just kidding, but if you have been using a password found on the top ten list, it might be time to change.)





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    ahar3
    18th Dec 2013
    11:28am
    Easy really, use an eight digit password that's easy to remember have first and last letter capital, substitute i or o with 1 or 0 and include a !? type of character. If you were to use 'Facebook' as your password you would write it as 'Faceb00K!'
    I have wondered how many hotel saves get opened by cleaners just randomly trying 1234, or 0000.
    Mak
    10th May 2014
    10:15am
    Use symbols for a name, @|-|@ rR3 ...ahar3..8 digits..... Faceb00K could be hacked in about 3 minutes or less.

    /-\|_P|-|/-\ ........ALPHA 12 characters

    (|-|@R|_3$ .........CHARLES 10 characters

    \/!(T0R ..............VICTOR 7 characters

    \/!|\|(E|\|T ........VINCENT 12 characters

    |\/|/-\R!/-\ .........MARIA 12 characters

    Run something like these through a password tester .... would take years to crack them.
    Hawkeye
    19th Dec 2013
    10:57am
    ahar3
    Mate, if you really were to use a password like "Faceb00K!", then you might as well just use "1234" or "password" because it is every bit as insecure.
    That and every other permutation of the word facebook (as well as all permutations of all words in all languages) are included in easily obtainable dictionary attack software, and would be cracked in a micro-second.
    Any secure password must be based on gibberish. Just close your eyes and hit random keys on your keyboard, then add in a couple of symbols and make a couple of letters capitals. Now you have the makings of a half decent password.
    East of Toowoomba
    19th Dec 2013
    11:28am
    which you can never hope to remember


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