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How safe is your password?

21 Nov 2011

Choosing a unique password is rule number one for online security, but it seems plenty of people are still unwilling to accept the inconvenience, preferring passwords that are easy to remember, easy to type, and most importantly, easy for hackers to guess.

According to an annual list of the most commonly used passwords, published by password management software vendor SplashData, the most common password for 2011 was password, followed by 123456, 12345678, qwerty, and abc123.

Splashdata bases its results on lists of pilfered passwords published online by hackers. Also in the top 10 were monkey, 1234567, letmein, trustno1, and dragon.

A few tricky people thought replacing the letter o in ‘password’ with a zero would throw potential thieves off the scent, but that configuration came in at number 18.

Using your favourite sport could also be a bad idea, with both ‘baseball’ and ‘football’ making the list. 

Three names made the list – ashley, bailey and michael – as did sunshine, shadow, iloveyou, master, and superman. 

Check out the full list below (if you see a password of yours, it may pay to go here for Google’s advice on making your password more secure).

1. password

2. 123456

3. 12345678

4. qwerty

5. abc123

6. monkey

7. 1234567

8. letmein

9. trustno1

10. dragon

11. baseball

12. 111111

13. iloveyou

14. master

15. sunshine

16. ashley

17. bailey

18. passw0rd

19. shadow

20. 123123

21. 654321

22. superman

23. qazwsx

24. michael

25. football