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The 25 worst passwords of 2013

Internet security firm SplashData has released its list of the worst passwords of 2013. King of terrible passwords, "password", has finally been unseated from its throne.

Internet security firm SplashData has released its list of the worst passwords of 2013. King of terrible passwords, "password", has finally been unseated from its throne.

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Le roi est mort, vive le roi! The world's most popular terrible password — "password" — has been deposed for the first time. The magic combination that booted it from its throne? "123456", naturally.

This makes rather a lot of sense, actually. SplashData compiles its top 25 from lists of stolen passwords posted online, and this year, Adobe's massive security breach, as well as information gleaned from SpiderLabs, had already revealed the sequence of numbers as top of the pops.

That Adobe hack is probably the reason passwords like "adobe123" and "photoshop" made the cut this year. Also new is a greater proliferation of numerical strings.

  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

For junk accounts that don't contain any personal info, you might not care too much, but it really is better to take all available steps to keep your data as safe as possible. This is best done by creating a different password for every account — we have some tips on creating secure, memorable passwords here, and some tools for generating random passwords here.

If you think you'll run into some problems remembering all your passwords, you can grab a password vault, such as LastPass, KeePass and 1Password that act as a sort of master key, keeping your various passwords safe while you only have to remember one.