Revealed: Top 25 worst passwords

As US cyber-sec expert SplashData reveals its list, we give tips on tightening credentials

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Revealed: Top 25 worst passwords Despite rising cyber crime, passwords such as "123456" and "password" are still common.
By  Stephen McBride Published  January 21, 2014

By now, passwords are a part of life. They are the wafer-thin veil between cyber criminals, spies and lulz-seekers, and private information.

Bank accounts, email inboxes and social media profiles, all rely on having strong passwords to keep out the unwanted snooper. But according to California-based cyber security tool vendor SplashData, use of weak passwords is still widespread.

The company specialises in writing productivity apps for smartphones, including those for password management and data security. But it also collates industry data about passwords, taken from lists posted by hackers and security companies. It uses the data to compile lists of the worst passwords in use across the Web.

This year’s SplashData list of the top 25 worst passwords was heavily influenced by an online dump of Adobe users’ passwords by IT security company Stricture Consulting Group, following Adobe's security breach last year.

Top 25 worst passwords (21-25)

25. 000000

24. trustno1

23. azerty

22. princess

21. password1

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