After each major data breach in which passwords are exposed, experts thoroughly analyze them to see the latest trends. Usually, passwords such as “password” and “123456” are the most common and the most easy to guess.
The report published by SplashData reveals that these two passwords are still the most utilized. Other worst passwords of 2012 are: 12345678, abc123, qwerty, monkey, letmein, dragon, 111111, baseball, iloveyou, trusno1, 1234567, sunshine, master, 123123, welcome, shadow, ashley, football, jesus, michael, ninja, mustang and password1.
Most of these passwords have showed up in the 2011 list of worst 25 passwords as well, but there are some new additions such as “welcome,” “jesus,” “ninja,” “mustang,” and “password1.”
Experts hope that, by publishing the list of worst passwords, they can raise awareness among users and convince them to change their ways and start relying on stronger ones.
"At this time of year, people enjoy focusing on scary costumes, movies and decorations, but those who have been through it can tell you how terrifying it is to have your identity stolen because of a hacked password,” Morgan Slain, SplashData CEO, explained.