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2012’s Most Popular Passwords: Yes People Still Use These

Password Security - Top Passwords of 2012

2012 is drawing to a close, but the most popular passwords of the year are still the same overused choices that have been explored since the first personal computers arrived on the open market.

The team at SplashData just released its first annual list of the worst yet most popular passwords of 2012.

In an unchanged examination, “password” is still the most used password. The word “password is followed by 123456, 12345678, and abc123.

The top three passwords have remained in the same order since 2011. New overused passwords added to the 2012 most popular passwords list include jesus, mustang, ninja, and password1.

Here’s the top 25 list which includes each words place on the same chart in 2011.

  • 1. password (unchanged)
  • 2. 123456 (unchanged)
  • 3. 12345678 (unchanged)
  • 4. abc123 (up 1)
  • 5. qwerty (down 1)
  • 6. monkey (unchanged)
  • 7. letmein (up 1)
  • 8. dragon (up 2)
  • 9. 111111 (up 3)
  • 10. baseball (up 1)
  • 11. iloveyou (up 2)
  • 12. trustno1 (down 3)
  • 13. 1234567 (down 6)
  • 14. sunshine (up 1)
  • 15. master (down 1)
  • 16. 123123 (up 4)
  • 17. welcome (new)
  • 18. shadow (up 1)
  • 19. ashley (down 3)
  • 20. football (up 5)
  • 21. jesus (new)
  • 22. michael (up 2)
  • 23. ninja (new)
  • 24. mustang (new)
  • 25. password1 (new)

If you are using any of the passwords on this list, you should change them immediately. Password experts also urge internet users to mix up their passwords for different accounts to avoid mass exploitation of their accounts.

For the best security possible, users are urged to create passwords that offer a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers whenever possible. Many password setup screens these days also tell users when their password is “low, medium or higher” security.

Have you ever used one of the most popular passwords of 2012 for your own personal accounts?

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  2. Robert Luand

    Thanks for the article. We all need to be more proactive about our personal account security. The fact that we are still living in a password ruled world is frustrating. Almost everything is still only password protected. But ultimately the fact is passwords (strong or not) do not replace the need for other effective security control. The only real solution is to add additional layers of authentication for access and transaction verification without unreasonable complexity and this will of help to their customers if they implement some form of a two-step or two-factor authentication were you can telesign into your account and have the security knowing you are protected if your password were to be stolen. This should be a prerequisite to any system that wants to promote itself as being secure. With this if they were to try to use the “stolen” password and don’t have your phone nor are on the computer, smartphone or tablet you have designated trusted, they would not be able to enter the account.

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