2012 list of most commonly used passwords – no explanation why “monkey” ranks #6

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image thumb1031If you think you are clever using “password” as your password, think again.  SplashData has released their annual list of most-used passwords.  SplashData compiles this list from password dumps obtained by various hackers throughout the year.

The three worst passwords haven’t changed since 2011; they’re password, 123456 and 12345678. The new worst passwords added to this year’s list include welcome, jesus, ninja, mustang and password1.  And there’s no explanation for why “monkey” is so common.

If you’ve used or are currently using any of these passwords, give yourself a slap on the side of the head – then change the password.

Here’s the complete list:

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)

Sources: SplashData

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