Here are the “Worst Passwords of 2014” as determined by SplashData.  They’re the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet – thus making them the “Worst Passwords” that could expose anybody who uses them to being hacked or having their identities stolen.

In SplashData’s fourth annual report, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year, “123456”and “password” continue to hold the top two spots they have held every year since 2011. Other passwords in the top 10 include “qwerty,” “dragon,” and “football.”

Here’s the list and their placement compared to last year:

 

 Rank Password Change from 2013
1 123456 No Change
2 password No Change
3 12345 Up 17
4 12345678 Down 1
5 qwerty Down 1
6 123456789 No Change
7 1234 Up 9
8 baseball New
9 dragon New
10 football New
11 1234567 Down 4
12 monkey Up 5
13 letmein Up 1
14 abc123 Down 9
15 111111 Down 8
16 mustang New
17 access New
18 shadow Unchanged
19 master New
20 michael New
21 superman New
22 696969 New
23 123123 Down 12
24 batman New
25 trustno1 Down 1

 

If you’re using any of these passwords, please change them now!   Here are a few tips for creating more secure passwords:

 

  • Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters.
  • Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites.
  • For help remembering passwords, consider using a password manager.  Your IT provider can make a recommendation.