Shit. What's my pet's name again?

It's awards season you guys! While we're all still nursing our Golden Globe hangovers and making plans for where to watch the Nick Mom awards, another award ceremony snuck up on us. It's The Worst Internet Passwords Of 2013! The Password-ies are here!

Brought to you in a not-at-all opulent press release from password management company SplashData, the list of the year's worst passwords (i.e. most common and easiest to guess) was influenced by the user passwords that were published online by Stricture Consulting Group after the Adobe user data security breach in October, as well as "files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online during the previous year." 

In previous years, the number one worst password was the ever-popular "Password." But last year, that champion was dethroned. For 2013, the worst, weakest password that way too many people keep using is...


Sorry, "Password," but people in 2013 just weren't that into the whole eponymous thing. Second best isn't so bad. That just means you're keeping people guessing!

Below is SplashData's list of the top 25 weakest passwords of last year, as well as how their rank changed from 2012.

1. 123456  (Up 1)

2. password (Down 1)

3. 12345678 (Unchanged)

4. qwerty (Up 1)

5. abc123 (Down 1)

6. 123456789 (New)

7.  111111 (Up 2)

8. 1234567 (Up 5)

9. iloveyou (Up 2)

10. adobe123 (New)

11. 123123 (Up 5)

12. admin (New)

13. 1234567890 (New)

14. letmein (Down 7)

15. photoshop (New)

16. 1234 (New)

17. monkey (Down 11)

18. shadow (Unchanged)

19. sunshine (Down 5)

20. 12345 (New)

21. password1 (Up 4)

22. princess (New)

23. azerty (New)

24. trustno1 (Down 12)

25.000000 (New)

Welcome to the list, "princess," "admin," and bunch of zeroes. Obviously a bunch of these are specific to Adobe users, but they do say something about the propensity for people to just use the name of the program they're using as their password.

More importantly, given that these rankings were derived from passwords being publicly published after security breaches, why are we worrying about passwords at all anymore? You can have your data violated just by shopping at Target. Eventually, we'll all be swept up in one of the many big data breaches that are sure to come this year. So go ahead and use 123456 as your password. Hell, use your social security number to make it easier on the poor hacker who has to sift through all that data. They're going to get it anyway.

In closing, nothing is secure and your bank account is being emptied as we speak. Enjoy your day.

(by Bob Powers)

Sources: SplashData