SplashData’s list of the most common passwords for 2014 has security experts urging users to change their passwords.
“123456” and “password” retain their top spots on the list at numbers 1 and 2, respectively. They are then immediately followed by other easily guessable combinations, such as “12345678” at number 4 and “qwerty” at number 5.
Further down the list, passwords such as “monkey,” “letmein,” and “trustno1” have moved either up or down to accommodate newer entries, which include “batman,” “access,” and “mustang.”
Provided below are the first 20 most common passwords of 2014.
This list represents a continuing gap in password security awareness among general web users. Indeed, as a recent experiment by Jimmy Kimmel Live illustrates, not only do many users today secure their accounts with weak passwords, but also they are willing to reveal their passwords on national television, either via subtle trickery or by their own accord.
You can watch the experiment below:
By contrast, Tripwire’s experiment with attendees at the 2012 RSA Conference went much differently. View it here:
As always, we as information security professionals must urge our co-workers, colleagues, and clients to use safe passwords on all of their accounts.
Each of their passwords should incorporate the following suggestions:
- Is at least 15 characters long.
- Contains a variety of different characters, including upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols such as ( * $ ] > .
- Does not include first names, last names, or any dictionary-based words.
- Is not reused on any other account.
For more information on building a strong password, please click here.