The 25 Worst Passwords of 2013

"Password" is no longer the worst offender in this list

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SplashData, which makes password management applications, has released its 2013 list of the 25 worst passwords based on files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online in the last year. “123456” now tops “password,” which normally leads the round-up.

Here’s the full list:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. 123456789
  7. 111111
  8. 1234567
  9. iloveyou
  10. adobe123
  11. 123123
  12. admin
  13. 1234567890
  14. letmein
  15. photoshop
  16. 1234
  17. monkey
  18. shadow
  19. sunshine
  20. 12345
  21. password1
  22. princess
  23. azerty
  24. trustno1
  25. 000000

“123456” and “123456789” were a couple of the most popular passwords believed to belong to Adobe users, according to a list published by security consulting firm Stricture Consulting Group in Nov. 2013 after Adobe confirmed a customer data breach a month earlier. That would also explain why “adobe123” is at number 10 and “photoshop” is at number 15 on SplashData’s 2013 list.

(LIST: These Are the 25 Worst Passwords of 2012)

Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, said in a statement: “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.”

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There are passwords and there are passwords.  Passwords to just get into trivial sites can be very short and simple.  Passwords for financial and confidential sites at least for my uses tend to be 15+ characters. And if you don't record those someplace and trust to your memory, you are being very foolish.  Before I retired, I kept a logbook that recorded my passwords and the dates they were changed. Obviously the logbook wasn't labeled "Password Logbook";  it was labeled something else. Also, that page was hidden amongst a bunch of other legitimate pages  And finally, that book  was hidden among 5 feet of other notebooks.


lol @ "iloveyou," "letmein," and "monkey."


I write mine down on a bit of paper so I don't forget them. Then I forget where I put the piece of paper, Doh!


Its really hard to make a password especially with those sites that
"your password need to have this and that and did I mention you cannot use this one either"

Plus old passwords cannot be recycled now and some sites require you to change password every week? Month?

I personally created a hard password so that it will be the only one to remember and since its hard to master I use it to every site I used but now they are all jumbled up causing me to forget some of them.

The theory is... its supposed to protect unauthorized person to login our accounts but what's really happening is that we, the very user, cannot login because we tend to forget those freakin passwords they force us to change and change


@AdrianSanchez  you are not supposed to write down the password that defeats the purpose of a password that no one can get.  


@AdrianSanchez   You are not supposed to write down your password, it defeats that purpose of having a password in the first place. 


@vixen4u@AdrianSanchez Really?  Because I write mine down in an excel document which I password protect with ONE password.  There are also programs that consolidate passwords for you.  Even some of the antiviruses come with password service.  And there's always a notepad that you can tuck away safely under your pillow.  If you can't remember your passwords, there are plenty of options for jotting them down somewhere.  If you don't want to write the actual password, you can write a password reminder. But hey, that's just me using my head.  I know... It's crazy. 


@vixen4u Password experts suggest that you write down your passwords for the very reason that JeromeQuejano has revealed to us: So you are not tempted to use one password for every website. If someone hacks one website, what's to stop them from using his username and password on his banking website? Presto! Passwords are to stop online hackers. Writing them down on a sheet of paper is relatively harmless as long as that sheet is stored in a secure location. If you have roommates or something, you might want to consider something else. Like writing down password hints. Never store your passwords on your computer. That gives a hacker instant access to everything.

I personally use the same password/login for every dumb website I go to. My info here is the same for many websites that I have no security invested in. But that's a different story for paypal, amazon, and my banking site. There I use strong passwords that no one could guess. And they are all different, and written down.