01-21-14 | Blog Post

‘123456’ tops ‘password’ on list of most common passwords. Funny, now let’s stop it.

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SplashData’s annual list of most common passwords is always good for a laugh. Until, you know, it’s no longer funny.

If you missed it over the weekend, SplashData announced Friday its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet. For the first time since the list began, the password ‘password’ dropped out of the No. 1 spot to No. 2. It was replaced with ‘123456.’

The top 10:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. 123456789
  7. 111111
  8. 1234567
  9. iloveyou
  10. adobe123

(Does No. 10 seem a little out of place? SplashData reported this year’s list was influenced by the large number of passwords from Adobe users posted online following its well-publicized security breach.)

Laughs aside, Online Tech’s Steve Aiello said in a blog post earlier this month that human error, weak passwords and OS misconfigurations are still the most vulnerable targets for hackers. We suggest using this light-hearted report to make a serious recommendation to members of your organization to improve password strength.

Why? You only have to look to No. 24 on the list of most common passwords for a reason: trustno1.

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