Jan 20th, 2015

worst-passwords-of-2014

We always talk abut the importance of using good passwords, but despite security advocates’ best efforts most people will always use something that’s just as easy to remember as they are to guess. SplashData has released its year-in report to give us a look at the worse and most widely used passwords in 2014 and, well, the list is just downright sad. Here’s a quick highlight of the top 10:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345
  4. 12345678
  5. qwerty
  6. 123456789
  7. 1234
  8. baseball
  9. dragon
  10. football

Some other choice passwords from the list beyond those? Batman, superman, trustno1, and — you guessed it — 696969. What’s most interesting about the report is that of the accounts which were compromised in 2014, only 2.2% of them had passwords like these.

That’s not quite enough to be alarming, but we imagine most people using passwords like these might not be the best targets for any real cyber attack anyway. If nothing else, let’s use this time of year as a reminder to change your passwords on your most important accounts (and not into something as ridiculously easy as what you see above).

[via ReCode]