View Full Version : Please don't use these passwords. Sincerely, the Internet

01-20-2015, 01:19 PM
I've used two of these in the past :lol:

You may have protected your personal data with strong passwords, but when hackers seize control of other computers, the resulting "botnets" can cause plenty of collateral damage. The worst part is that their ticket in is the easiest to fix: terrible passwords. SplashData has just released its annual list of the worst of them -- gleaned from hacked file dumps -- and things have changed depressingly little over last year. The most common stolen password is still "123456," which edged out perennial groaner "password." Other top picks in the an alphanumeric hall of shame are "12345678," "qwerty," "monkey" and new this year, "batman." According to security expert Mark Burnett, the top 25 (below) represent an eye-popping 2.2 percent of all passwords exposed.

The good news is that fewer people are using bad passwords than in 2013, perhaps thanks to some well-publicized data breaches at Sony, Target and elsewhere. SplashData reminds folks to create passwords with at least eight mixed characters -- preferably more -- not based on easy-to-brute-force dictionary words. As pointed out by Buffer Open, other methods include pass phrases, mnemonic devices and other memory tricks -- including a gem from XKCD. You shouldn't use the same password on more than one site, so if you have a lot, it's a good idea to use one of the many password managers out there, like LastPass or SplashID. Those let you access your entire collection of passwords with just a single passphrase -- one that had better be a lot stronger than "123456."

Rank Password Change from 2013
1 123456 Unchanged
2 password Unchanged
3 12345 Up 17
4 12345678 Down 1
5 qwerty Down 1
6 123456789 Unchanged
7 1234 Up 9
8 baseball New
9 dragon New
10 football New
11 1234567 Down 4
12 monkey Up 5
13 letmein Up 1
14 abc123 Down 9
15 111111 Down 8
16 mustang New
17 access New
18 shadow Unchanged
19 master New
20 michael New
21 superman New
22 696969 New
23 123123 Down 12
24 batman New
25 trustno1 Down 1


01-20-2015, 01:53 PM
Ha, at least my 33333 password isn't on that list.

01-20-2015, 01:57 PM
I've used 123456 and 1234 for my home PCs before, so convenient. :)

01-20-2015, 03:31 PM
well, we just found out Drunken's password.

Drunken Savior
01-20-2015, 10:31 PM
It's 'batman1' sucker!

01-21-2015, 12:47 PM
Aww kripes, i definately have one on that list. Bloody copycats. At least i know what people are thinking.

01-22-2015, 11:44 AM
I used one on my 3DS because I buy things so rarely I kept forgetting what it was.

Joe Redifer
01-22-2015, 05:05 PM
letmein? Seriously? Drunken's password is imbatman. The password for my GoPro is qqqqqqqq. That's only because it's REQUIRED to have a password to connect to it with an iPhone or whatnot and it must be at least 8 characters. Easiest password ever. I even have it taped to the back of the damn thing.

Badrats Studio
01-25-2015, 07:53 AM
So I'm the only one to use 'remember' as password ? :lol: