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Popular Passwords - Time for a New Strategy?

Periodically, lists of the "most popular" passwords are released, and inevitably cause discussion around the need for stronger passwords and requirements for users.

 Slate's Will Oremus published the list with some interesting context, notably that "the report only tells us the popularity of the top 25 passwords relative to one another, not their absolute popularity. It’s conceivable, then, that both “password” and “123456” are less common across the Internet than they were a year ago. In fact, SplashData CEO Morgan Slain confirmed to me via email that the weakest passwords have declined in popularity in recent years—but only slightly. "We keep hoping for steeper declines as people get more educated about the risks of simple passwords (hence the annual list) and as websites start to enforce stronger password policies," he said."


Will's take on what the most popular passwords (if you use one of them) "say about you" is below...Will this influence some users to change their passwords?

  1. 123456
    I can’t be bothered to take even the most basic step to protect my personal information. Seriously, just go ahead and take it.
  2. password
    I failed to understand the question.
  3. 12345678
    I tried “123456,” but the computer said I had to use at least eight characters.
  4. qwerty
    Aren’t I clever? My password is written right there on the keyboard.
  5. abc123
    I'm a fan of the Jackson Five.
  6. 123456789
    I’m a positive-integer maximalist.
  7. 111111
    I managed to find one of the few passwords that’s both easy to crack and hard to remember. (How many 1s was it, again?)
  8. 1234567
    Seven is my lucky number!
  9. iloveyou
    I’m Theodore Twombly.
  10. adobe123
    You may have cracked my Adobe password, hacker, but you’ll never guess my password for Microsoft!
  11. 123123
    Aha! You were expecting 123456, weren’t you.
  12. admin
    I should be fired immediately.
  13. 1234567890
    I have mastered the base-10 numeral system.
  14. letmein
    Might as well let everyone else in, too.
  15. photoshop
    They told me not to use the same password for every program, so...
  16. 1234
    I can’t be bothered to take even the most basic step to protect my personal information, and neither can the people who run this site.
  17. monkey
    I am an actual monkey.
  18. shadow
    I fancy myself quite sneaky.
  19. sunshine
    I cry myself to sleep at night.
  20. 12345
    I cannot be bothered to take even the most basic etc.
  21. password1
    My last password was compromised, so I added a “1” this time for extra security.
  22. princess
    I’m waiting to be swept off my feet by a Nigerian prince.
  23. azerty
    Hey, at least it's better than qwerty.
  24. trustno1
    It's not paranoia if they really do keep guessing my password.
  25. 000000
    My day job is coming up with nuclear launch codes