123456 Remains Number One Worst Password For 2014

Splash Data's 2014 list of worst passwords demonstrates the importance of keeping names, simple numeric patterns and sport words out of your passwords.

The list, compiled by tech company Splash Data, displays the 25 most common passwords found on the internet, making them the worst passwords that will expose anyone to being hacked or having their identities stolen.

In its fourth annual report, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year it found that '123456' and 'passwords' have stayed on top since 2011. Other passwords in the top 10 include "qwerty" "dragon" and "football".

Passwords appearing on the list for the first time include "696969" and "batman".

According to the report the passwords evaluated for the 2014 list were mostly from users in North America and Western Europe. The report from Splash Data shows that many people are still putting themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords.

Morgan Slain, CEO of Splashdata said: "Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are. Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences. As more websites require stronger passwords or combinations of letters and numbers, longer keyboard patterns are becoming common passwords, and they are still not secure."

Tips from this year's report suggest not using a password that is a sequence such as "123456" or "qwerty". The report also advices not using a favourite sport or team as a password. Other tips also include not using your birthday or birth year.

Mark Burnett, online security expert and author of "perfect passwords" said: "The bad news from my research is that this year's most commonly used passwords are pretty consistent with prior years. The good news is that it appears that more people are moving away from using these passwords. In 2014, the top 25 passwords represented about 2.2% of passwords exposed. While still frightening, that's the lowest percentage of people using the most common passwords I have seen in recent studies."

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