According to SplashData, these are the worst passwords to use. “Password” ranks first on password management application provider SplashData’s annual list of worst internet passwords, which are ordered by how common they are.
So have you ever used any of these as a password? Of course don’t tell us which one, but make sure to change it.
I can understand why most of those are common, but am puzzled by two of them.
“trustno1” = “trust no one” seems a little esoteric, and I wouldn’t expect a lot of people to come up with it independently. Was this used in some movie or TV show?
“monkey”? “sunshine”? These seem pretty random to have been chosen by large numbers of folks as their password. Again – were these words used by some movie or TV show?
To be honest, I’d expect “sesame” to be a much more common password, for reasons that should be obvious.
Yes, but not by choice. Some of the passwords I’ve been given for access to specific systems at work are in that list (and there’s no way for me to change them myself), however, they can only be accessed within the domain, which is secured by mandatory strong passwords.
I’d never choose any of those, unless I was trying to prove a point.
I have one of them, or a variety, as my work password. I don’t care too much as it also requires a keytag login, which changes every sixty seconds, and I have it on my keychain. you can’t log in without it. So meh.
And to be honest I’d rather have people use these simple basic passwords and be able to remember them rather than sticking them to their monitors or in their drawer.
I have worked for companies [as a temp] where the company specific program was accessed with a password shared with everybody in the company.
I have worked for companies where the issue password was Password <insert a number they issued you> where you could randomly put in numbers until you got logged in, no 3 strikes and you are locked out.
I have worked for a company that once you had a password in the system, it never changed [and worked for a company that all 7 passwords had to be changed every 30 days and you could not use the same one for 12 months, and no 2 programs could use the same password so everybody kept a stickynote of their current passwords somewhere>
And [real risk here] I worked for a data capture company that was scanning and capturing information for major corporations legal departments so they could put the hard copy files somewhere like Iron Mountain where there were NO passwords on the specific program they had written for their employees to actually do the data capture. And there were 2 breaks per shift, where everybody went on break at the same time leaving all the computers up and unlocked. There were no individual passwords to log into the computers, they stayed up all the time and people hotracked computers with the other shifts.
I’ve used ‘123456’ for accounts where security isn’t an issue. Meaning, very few people knew about the account(s), and if they did, they had no reason to access it (them), and if for some reason they did access it (them), they gained access to nothing important. Most of these have been employment-related, where having an account-based system is the simplest way of organizing work.
No, but I really do need to improve my password security. I’ve fallen into the habit of using the same password for everything, and I haven’t changed it in years, so I’m cruisin’ for a proverbial bruisin’. Granted, that password is highly secure. It comes from a dead, non-IndoEuropean language and contains some digit substitutions. That said, if someone got it, I could be toast.
ETA: I’m very surprised that “Default1” or some variation is not among the listed offenders.