Well done, internet, you’ve managed to unseat “password” from its spot as the most popular password on the web. Unfortunately, you’ve replaced it with the equally useless “123456”, so maybe it isn’t time to celebrate just yet.
According to SplashData’s yearly list of the worst passwords on the internet, 2013 was the year when the infamous “password” was finally knocked off the top spot. Whilst there were a few unusual new additions to the list, it was largely business as usual for extremely unsecure data.
SplashData compile their list from data dumps of stolen information which hackers post online after major attacks. Thanks to the major security breach experienced by Adobe in November, 2013’s passwords list is littered with references to the company’s popular Photoshop program- with “adobe123” and “photoshop” cracking the top 15 list.
There are few surprises in the top 25 entries on the list, aside from the fact that people are still using such ridiculously ineffective passwords. If your data’s security rests on passwords like “qwerty”, “abc123”, “letmein”, or “trustno1”, we strongly recommend you rethink your strategy. Check the rest of the list here.