Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Features

January 22, 2014

The Internet's 25 worst passwords, and what they say about you

NEW YORK — At first blush, SplashData's annual list of the 25 most common passwords - compiled from files posted online in the wake of security breaches - is not the sort of document that instills great faith in the cleverness of the online masses. On the other hand, some password has to be the most popular. Wouldn't it be weird if it weren't something really dumb and obvious?

Keep in mind that the report only tells us the popularity of the top 25 passwords relative to one another, not their absolute popularity. It's conceivable, then, that both "password" and "123456" are less common across the Internet than they were a year ago. In fact, SplashData CEO Morgan Slain confirmed to me via email that the weakest passwords have declined in popularity in recent years - but only slightly. "We keep hoping for steeper declines as people get more educated about the risks of simple passwords (hence the annual list) and as websites start to enforce stronger password policies," he said.

So in the spirit of educational password-shaming, here's SplashData's list of this year's 25 worst passwords, along with our own expert analysis of what each one says about the sort of person who uses it. If you find one of your own on the list, it would be prudent to promptly re-examine your entire life and change it.

               

1. 123456

I can't be bothered to take even the most basic step to protect my personal information. Seriously, just go ahead and take it.

               

2. password

I failed to understand the question.

               

3. 12345678

I tried "123456," but the computer said I had to use at least eight characters.

               

4. qwerty

Aren't I clever? My password is written right there on the keyboard.

               

5. abc123

I'm a fan of the Jackson Five.

               

6. 123456789

I'm a positive-integer maximalist.

               

7. 111111

I managed to find one of the few passwords that's both easy to crack and hard to remember. (How many 1s was it, again?)

               

8. 1234567

Seven is my lucky number!

               

9. iloveyou

I'm Theodore Twombly.

               

10. adobe123

You may have cracked my Adobe password, hacker, but you'll never guess my password for Microsoft!

               

11. 123123

Aha! You were expecting 123456, weren't you.

               

12. admin

I should be fired immediately.

               

13. 1234567890

I have mastered the base-10 numeral system.

               

14. letmein

Might as well let everyone else in, too.

               

15. photoshop

They told me not to use the same password for every program, so...

               

16. 1234

I can't be bothered to take even the most basic step to protect my personal information, and neither can the people who run this site.

               

17. monkey

I am an actual monkey.

               

18. shadow

I fancy myself quite sneaky.

               

19. sunshine

I cry myself to sleep at night.

               

20. 12345

I cannot be bothered to take even the most basic etc.

               

21. password1

My last password was compromised, so I added a "1" this time for extra security.

               

22. princess

I'm waiting to be swept off my feet by a Nigerian prince.

               

23. azerty

Hey, at least it's better than qwerty.

               

24. trustno1

It's not paranoia if they really do keep guessing my password.

               

25. 000000

My day job is coming up with nuclear launch codes.

               

        

      

1
Text Only
Features
  • Doctors to rate cost effectiveness of expensive cancer drugs

    The world's largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.

    April 17, 2014

  • treadmill-very-fast.jpg Tax deduction for a gym membership?

    April marks another tax season when millions of Americans will deduct expenses related to home ownership, children and education from their annual tax bill. These deductions exist because of their perceived value to society; they encourage behaviors that keep the wheels of the economy turning. So why shouldn't the tax code be revised to reward preventive health?

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • To sleep well, you may need to adjust what you eat and when

    Sleep.  Oh, to sleep.  A good night's sleep is often a struggle for more than half of American adults.  And for occasional insomnia, there are good reasons to avoid using medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription.

    April 16, 2014

  • Why Facebook is getting into the banking game

    Who would want to use Facebook as a bank? That's the question that immediately arises from news that the social network intends to get into the electronic money business.

    April 14, 2014

  • DayCareCosts.jpg Day care's cost can exceed college tuition in some states

    Most parents will deal with an even larger kid-related expense long before college, and it's a cost that very few of them are as prepared for: day care.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Boston doctors can now prescribe you a bike

    The City of Boston this week is rolling out a new program that's whimsically known as "Prescribe-a-Bike." Part medicine, part welfare, the initiative allows doctors at Boston Medical Center to write "prescriptions" for low-income patients to get yearlong memberships to Hubway, the city's bike-share system, for only $5.

    April 10, 2014

  • 10 tips for surviving a severe allergy season

    My colleague Brady Dennis reported recently that the arrival of warmer weather will soon unleash a pollen tsunami in parts of the country where the winter has been especially long and cold. Here are some survival tips from Clifford W. Bassett, an allergy specialist and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine.

    April 9, 2014

  • Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 2.16.35 PM.png Are Americans smart to stop drinking diet sodas?

    Recent data from Beverage Digest suggest many are cutting back on diet sodas. Consumption of diet sodas fell more than that of sugary sodas in 2013. This raises two questions: Why is total consumption declining, and is drinking diet soda harmful to health?

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • To get quality care, it helps to be the right kind of patient

    I am a family physician. Sometimes I must step out of the comfort of my clinical role and into that of patient or family caregiver. Generally, these trips to the other side of the exam table inspire a fair amount of anxiety.

    April 9, 2014

  • news_twitter.jpg Travelers fly on Air Twitter

    The enlightened age of social media has dawned over the airline industry, casting shadows over telephone call centers and on-site agents. Facebook and Twitter are racking up the friends and followers while the hold music plays on.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.