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25 Worst Passwords in 2013

Take a guess on what the worst possible password is in 2013?

Let me give you a hint. In 2012, password was the worst password.

In 2013, password has taken the second spot. The list is headed by 123456 which was the second worst in 2012.

What do I mean by worst password?

I could have also called it a common password, a password that is gullible and susceptible for attacks.

Security firm SplashData has released 2013’s worst passwords list and the list is mostly influenced by Adobe’s security breach.

Common passwords are gullible to brute attacks where the password cracker software guesses a number of combinations of passwords in a short interval of time.

It was assumed safe to replace numbers with letters – like 5 with S. Not anymore! Password crackers now apply various combinations during brute attacks.

SplashData suggests that you use random words separated either by a space or underscore.

Here’s the worst password list of 2013. Do you use any of these? If yes, time for action.

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

Abhinav Kaiser

Abhinav Kaiser is an author and a management consultant. He has authored Reinventing ITIL in the Age of DevOps, Become ITIL Foundation Certified in 7 Days and Workshop in a Box: Communication for IT Professionals. He works as an agile/devops coach in one of the top consulting firms. He advises businesses, organizations and enterprises in the areas of DevOps, IT service management and agile project management frameworks.

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