The Worst Passwords of 2013 Revealed
Posted: January 21, 2014 by Emily Brown
In a bid to prevent users from being an easy prey for hackers, password manager Splash Data has revealed the 2013 edition of its annual worst passwords list.
The list consists of 25 entries that were compiled by security consulting firm Stricture Consulting Group on the basis of stolen passwords leaked online over the past year following Adobe's security breach in which got distributed millions of passwords.
Ranked on how often Internet users choose them, here are the 25 worst passwords of 2013:
Those acquainted with the last year's list have probably noticed that "password" got dethroned by "123456", which is now the most common password preferred by millions of users. Whereas simple words like "qwerty" are still widely exploited.
Please make sure that you are not using some of the passwords listed above because they turned out susceptible to brute-force attacks, where hackers try to break into accounts through rapid guessing.
According to Splash Data, users have to apply passwords of eight+ characters that will be a mix of letters, numbers and special signs. They also advise that one should avoid using common substitutions like "dr4mat1c" and to opt random words over common phrases. Plus, everyone should have a different password for each website or service they sign up for.