'12345' least safe password of 2013
Published 21/01/2014 | 10:55
Is '12345' one of your passwords? If so, now might be a good time to change it, as a new list of 2013's most common passwords has it on the top spot.
For the first time since SplashData started compiling their now annual list of unsafe passwords, the word 'password' is not on the top spot, having been ousted to second place.
Most of the passwords are numerical, with a few words making the list, such as 'qwerty', 'iloveyou', 'admin' and 'letmein'.
It's important for people not to bee too obvious with their passwords, according to SplashData chief Morgan Slain.
"Seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing," he said.
"As always, we hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different passwords for different websites."
The company, which deals in password management, recommends making passwords eight characters or more with a mixture of types of characters.