These are the top 25 most used passwords for 2012 — can you guess what they are?

Ever wonder what are the passwords people use the most? SplashData, a software company that makes password management programs and apps, has compiled its annual “Worst Passwords” list for 2012, which gives us some insights on what the most popular bad passwords used by people. The top three most used passwords? Drum roll please… “password”, “123456”, and “12345678”. (In case you are wondering, there is no “1234567” in the top three because “123456” is used for those logins that require a minimum of 6 characters and “12345678” is used for those logins that require a minimum of 8 characters; not as many logins require a minimum of 7 characters, hence why you don’t see “1234567” in the top three.)

The following is the full list of top 25 worst passwords for 2012:

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. abc123
  5. qwerty
  6. monkey
  7. letmein
  8. dragon
  9. 111111
  10. baseball
  11. iloveyou
  12. trustno1
  13. 1234567
  14. sunshine
  15. master
  16. 123123
  17. welcome
  18. shadow
  19. ashley
  20. football
  21. jesus
  22. michael
  23. ninja
  24. mustang
  25. password1

“Monkey” is really number six? I would have never guessed that. And “Ashley” is more popular than “Jesus”? Those feminine charms…

I’m sure, or at least I hope, that people that are using such passwords are using them for non-critical accounts that, even if hacked, wouldn’t cause much of an issue. However, that may not necessarily be the case. As SplashData CEO Morgan Slain points out, the presence of “welcome” at number seventeen indicates “people are not even changing default passwords”. (Slain says this because he assumes “welcome” is more likely a default password given to new users of a system rather than a password users manually pick.)

Do you use any of the passwords in the list shown above? Or do you have your own “guilty pleasures” when it comes to passwords? Share in the comments below! And be sure to read dotTech’s five easy-to-follow tips for creating secure passwords to stay safe.

[via CNN]

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  • Ranjan

    LOL! I remember an instance where my co-worker said his password is such that even if he told it to someone, he can’t open his account. Within 1 try I opened his inbox without wasting anytime. His password was “password”.

    But I have two of my regularly used passwords here on the list – 12345678 and 123123. Am too lazy to type something more typical. As these keys are together on number pad on keyboard, I don’t have to move my fingers much. They are also easier to remember. But I keep such passwords ONLY for disposable accounts.

  • Eric989

    This list makes a lot more sense than the top ten searches on Google today. It has been a while since I have seen one of these lists, but I remember I usually get a chuckle out of how random some of the most popular searches are. It’s like what possessed so many people to search for that. I’ll make up some examples of just how random these searches are below.
    1.Llama leg injuries
    2.How tall was Fred Astair
    3.Why are the Olympics only in even years
    4.Was Marilyn Monroe allergic to asparagus
    5.Dairy content of pizza
    Those are made up but the ones I remember were just about as bad.

  • Hamza

    “Do you use any of the passwords in the list shown above?”
    Huh, I am not so crazy to use one of these passwords, my latest password is 17 character long (it is not the same on all my accounts) and it is very hard to guess!

  • Zapped Sparky

    I see “password” is still popular. I must admit “letmein” made me laugh :)

  • Eric989

    So I guess my two favorite passwords (1234 and horse) are more secure than I ever imagined. HaHa. I actually do use those passwords but only when I am forced to use a password for something I didn’t want to use a password for and never for something on the internet.
    I was going to say that trustno1 stood out as the most random of the bunch, but that was before I figured out it meant trust no one and not trust number one.
    QWERTY at number five? Why no love for UIOP? UIOP must be the most overlooked and ignored set of letters in human history. Why isn’t it called the QWERTYUIOP (QWERTY oo I opp) keyboard? LOL

  • Tell ya the truth, don’t get some of them, why is “Ashley” popular? “monkey”? “trustno1”? seems bizarre.

  • Frank

    important educational advice that just came to my mind:

  • AT

    These passwords are pretty much a mirror of last year’s passwords. Not much different from the year before that either. And the Year before that. etc.

  • Frank

    For a CIA-safe password (even withstanding torture) you chose “iWontTellYou” :)

  • My usual password is *******.