Password tops 25 worst passwords list

Password tops 25 worst passwords list

The issue of data security is a major concern for business around the world at the moment as the bring your own device (BYOD) continues to grow.

A simple measure to protect sensitive information is to instruct staff to add a password to their mobile devices, but it seems like more training may be needed on what makes a safe and secure password.

This is because the latest annual survey conducted by SplashData revealed a list of what it describes as the 25 worst passwords of the year.

The top three worst identifications retained their places at the top of the list, unmoved from 2011's survey, with the imaginative 'password' being followed by '123456' and '12345678'.

Morgan Slain, SplashData chief executive, said: "At this time of year, people enjoy focusing on scary costumes, movies and decorations, but those who have been through it can tell you how terrifying it is to have your identity stolen because of a hacked password.

"We're hoping that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different passwords for different websites."

The equally unimaginative 'abc123' and 'qwerty' rounded out the top five, followed by 'monkey', 'letmein', 'dragon', '111111' and 'baseball'.

However, some people seem to have taken the advice of security experts and updated their passwords, with a host of new entries to the top 25, including 'welcome', 'jesus' 'ninja, 'mustang' and 'password1.'

SplashData's top 25 list was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers.

The company advises businesses using any of the passwords on the list to change them immediately for a more secure system, which should include a combination of letters, numbers and symbols and be as long as possible, reducing the likelihood that hackers will be able to access sensitive company data.

"Even though each year hacking tools get more sophisticated, thieves still tend to prefer easy targets. Just a little bit more effort in choosing better passwords will go a long way toward making you safer online," Mr Slain said.