February 20, 2010 | Digital Security

A data security company released a list of the 20 most common passwords.
Of course, these are also the top 20 passwords to avoid, too.

  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 123456789
  4. Password
  5. iloveyou
  6. princess
  7. rockyou
  8. 1234567
  9. 12345678
  10. abc123
  11. Nicole
  12. Daniel
  13. babygirl
  14. monkey
  15. Jessica
  16. Lovely
  17. michael
  18. Ashley
  19. 654321
  20. Qwerty

The passwords were taken from Imperva’s analysis of 32 million user accounts in the Rockyou.com data breach.

Half of the users used names, dictionary or slang words, or consecutive keyboard keys, which are, of course, easily brute-forced. I guess it makes sense to people in that “who would ever guess that I’m using my wife’s/daughter’s/friend’s name as a password”, but there are only so many common names in English, so it’s easy to test them one after another to see if they work.

It’s always better to use a totally nonsensical and random password. Also, you should use a different password for every site where you have an account. I’ll blog later on how to keep all of these passwords straight and not mix them up.

Resources

Tech News Blog article on passwords
Imperva passwords report


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