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The worst passwords of 2014

2015-01-21 09:49 by
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Password manager service SplashData has released its annual list of the worst online passwords of 2014. The list consists of 25 passwords ordered by their popularity among users. It is based on 3.3 million leaked passwords in North America and Europe throughout the year.

Unsurprisingly, this year "123456" and "password" once again hold the top two spots. Among the other bad passwords are words like "qwerty", "dragon", "batman", "superman", "baseball" and "football".

"The bad news from my research is that this year's most commonly used passwords are pretty consistent with prior years," said Mark Burnett, author of "Perfect Passwords," who worked with SplashData on this year's study.

"The good news," says Burnett, "is that it appears that more people are moving away from using these passwords. In 2014, the top 25 passwords represented about 2.2% of passwords exposed. While still frightening, that's the lowest percentage of people using the most common passwords I have seen in recent studies."

SplashData advises people to be careful with the choice of online passwords. It recommends them to use a combination of eight or more letters and numbers and to avoid using the same username-password combination for multiple websites.

Here is the full list of the worst passwords of 2014:


123456
password
12345
12345678
qwerty
1234567890
1234
baseball
dragon
football
1234567
monkey
letmein
abc123
111111
mustang
access
shadow
master
michael
superman
696969
123123
batman
trustno1

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