'123456' Is Still the Most Common Password, So, Congrats Guys

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Congratulations are in order, as a year of corporate data spills and leaked Jennifer Lawrence nudes failed to move the most stubborn among us. Privacy be damned, people still enjoy the ease and comfort of the most simplistic, easily-sussed passwords imaginable.

For another year, the most common password was '123456'. After that? 'Password'.

The data comes from SplashData, who compiles their annual "Worst Passwords" list from over 3.3 million leaked passwords.

Here's the top 25 list:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345
  4. 12345678
  5. qwerty
  6. 1234567890
  7. 1234
  8. baseball
  9. dragon
  10. football
  11. 1234567
  12. monkey
  13. letmein
  14. abc123
  15. 111111
  16. mustang
  17. access
  18. shadow
  19. master
  20. michael
  21. superman
  22. 696969
  23. 123123
  24. batman
  25. trustno1

"The bad news from my research is that this year's most commonly used passwords are pretty consistent with prior years,” security expert Mark Burnett said. “The good news is that it appears that more people are moving away from using these passwords. In 2014, the top 25 passwords represented about 2.2% of passwords exposed. While still frightening, that's the lowest percentage of people using the most common passwords I have seen in recent studies."

Oh good! It's getting better.

At this point, if your password is still '123456', 'baseball', or 'batman', then you deserve whatever happens to you.

Image via DelcanTM, Flickr Creative Commons

Josh Wolford

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