25 Worst Passwords of 2014


SplashData logo - smPassword management app company SplashData has recently released its annual list of the “Worst Passwords” for the year 2014. The list contains the 25 most commonly used online passwords compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during 2014 and thus represents the most commonly guessed and compromised passwords of the year.

If we needed any further proof that the average Joe Citizen just does not listen, “123456” and “password” continue to hold the top two spots that they have held each year since the first list was compiled in 2011. Four years on and the exact same two worst passwords are still being used predominantly, the mind boggles!

Here is the full list including positions relative to 2013:

Rank Password Change from 2013
1 123456 No Change
2 password No Change
3 12345 Up 17
4 12345678 Down 1
5 qwerty Down 1
6 123456789 No Change
7 1234 Up 9
8 baseball New
9 dragon New
10 football New
11 1234567 Down 4
12 monkey Up 5
13 letmein Up 1
14 abc123 Down 9
15 111111 Down 8
16 mustang New
17 access New
18 shadow Unchanged
19 master New
20 michael New
21 superman New
22 696969 New
23 123123 Down 12
24 batman New
25 trustno1 Down 1

password login-smallerSplashData’s list of frequently used passwords clearly shows that, despite all the warnings to the contrary, many people continue to needlessly put themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords.

Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData. “Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences.”

SplashData notes that favorite sports and sports teams also feature regularly in the top 100, as well as birth dates and popular pet and baby names – easy to remember but terrible passwords from a security point of view.


Splashdata finishes up its report by reiterating common advice to help keep users safe from hackers:

  • Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters.
  • Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites.
  • Use a reputable password manager to organize and protect passwords, generate random passwords, and automatically log into websites.

Seriously folks, we know it can be a struggle to remember long, strong passwords but there are plenty of excellent password managers out there to help with this. I wonder why it is that, even in the face of so much evidence, so many people continue to use weak, ineffective passwords. Perhaps because of the “it will never happen to me” syndrome?

 

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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