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The 25 most popular passwords of 2012

The 2012 list of the 25 most popular passwords has been published. If yours is on the list, you may want to consider changing it.

Perhaps the greatest risk to a computer's security is the laziness of the user. That at least seems to be the case after reviewing a list of 2012´s most popular passwords. Despite websites urging users to pick unique and often lengthy passwords, and despite it being well known that a complex password is paramount to protecting an account, it seems that people are just horribly predictable and lazy anyway.

SplashData, a company dedicated to mobile productivity and security solutions, has compiled the list, which is composed of the 25 most popular passwords from this year. The passwords, which were ranked by number of occurrences, were grabbed from thousands of stolen passwords which had been published online. This, naturally, shows that the more popular and predictable passwords are ultimately unsafe.

"password" is not a good password, surprise surprise…

A similar list was published last year, and unfortunately, not much has changed. "password" still ranks as the most popular password, and apart from a few additions, such as "jesus" and "password1" (for those services which require numbers in their passwords), it all looks pretty much the same. The list is replicated below. If you happen to spot yours in there, go ahead and pick something a little more original.

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

David F.
A grad student in experimental physics, David is fascinated by science, space and technology. When not buried in lecture books, he enjoys movies, gaming and mountainbiking

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