Top Passwords of 2012
By on October 27th, 2012

Halloween is fast approaching, and if you don’t want to deal with a security nightmare, it might be prudent to take another look at your passwords. Earlier in the year, I had shared with you a list of 25 Passwords and ATM PINs You Should Never Use. Now, here is another similar list. This one comes courtesy of Splashdata and contains the most common passwords compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers.

Top-Passwords-2012

Passwords like password, 123456, abc123, and qwerty once again top the list. There are some new entries into the list like welcome, jesus, ninja, mustang, and password1. However, most of the passwords in the top 25 are carried over from Splashdata’s previous year’s list. The infographic above shows the top ten passwords. You can find the full list of passwords that you should never use over here. As always, if you truly want to remain secure you should avoid using guessable passwords (like your birthday) and hints, and use distinct passwords. Remembering several dozens of unique passwords is not an easy feat; hence, you can rely on tools like LastPass to generate and remember passwords for you.

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