The worst passwords you can pick

SplashData have released their annual list of the worst possible Internet passwords and the usual suspects are all there, with ‘password’ and ‘123456’ on top.

The rise in websites requiring users to have both letters and numbers in their passwords has had a significant effect on the list as you can see below.

The list, which was compiled using millions of stolen passwords that were then posted online by hackers, is in order of how common they are:

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. qwerty
  4. abc123
  5. monkey
  6. 1234567
  7. letmein
  8. trustno1
  9. dragon
  10. baseball
  11. 111111
  12. iloveyou
  13. master
  14. sunshine
  15. ashley
  16. bailey
  17. passw0rd
  18. shadow
  19. 123123
  20. 654321
  21. superman
  22. qazwsx
  23. michael
  24. football

‘ReplaceMe’, ‘ChangeMe’ and ‘Hello’ are all noticeable absentees in my opinion. But before you try, they aren’t actually my passwords for anything.

I strongly recommend that if your current password appears on this list you change it now. Something like, ‘ICantBelieveIWasSuchAFool2’ (never forget to add a number) may be more effective 🙂