News Recap: The Results Are In For 2013’s 25 Worst Passwords
Every year security firm Splashdata pulls the most common stolen passwords to create a list of the year’s worst passwords. The consensus is in for 2013, and “123456” has moved up a spot to be the most commonly used and guessed password of the year. Here’s a look at the worst passwords of 2012 for comparison.
Many of the passwords on this list can be easily guessed or cracked, putting users at risk of having their financial information or identity stolen. In fact, PC World reporter Jared Newman said that “weaker passwords are more susceptible to brute-force attacks, where hackers attempt to access accounts through rapid guessing. And when encrypted passwords are stolen, weaker ones are the first to fall to increasingly sophisticated cracking software.”
In addition to the typical “123456” and “password” passwords, there were a few on the list that were likely from recent breaches. Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, said in Time: “Seeing passwords like ‘adobe123’ and ‘photoshop’ on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing.”
Here’s a look at SplashData’s top 25 worst passwords for 2013:
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