25 Most-Used Passwords Revealed

PasswqordsRachel King at ZDNet’s Zero Day writes that the recent data breaches at LinkedIn, Last.fm and eHarmony has put passwords back in the spotlight. Unfortunately many people still rely on “password” to secure their digital identity. Antivirus software provider ESET noted some recent work by IT security consultant Mark Burnett who has compiled a list of the “top 500 worst (aka most common) passwords” based on a variety of methods he has detailed on his blog. The entire list is available here (ZIP).

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Baltimore, MD areaSeattle, WA area
Detroit, MI areaWashington DC-area
Charlotte, NC areaSan Diego, CA area
Portland, OR areaSalt Lake City, UT
Seattle, WA areaBaltimore, MD area
Pittsburgh, PAJacksonville, FL
Milwaukee, WI areaSan Jose, CA area
Richmond, VAColumbus, OH
Raleigh-Cary, NCRaleigh-Cary, NC
New York, NY areaNashville, TN area

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Approximately 2/3’s of the worst passwords stayed the saPulling hair outme between 2011 and 2012. Are your users passwords on this list? If so, it’s safe to say you should consider a password change policy to force them into using a stronger password.

I have written about passwords since at least 2010 – here, here and here. When will they listen?

Ralph Bach has blogged from his Bach Seat about IT, careers and anything else that catches his attention since 2005. You can follow me at Facebook and Twitter. Email the Bach Seat here.

One comment

  1. Ted says:

    Thanks for the great info