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'12345' least safe password of 2013

Published 21/01/2014 | 10:55

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Web users need to choose complicated passwords to protect their security. Photo: Thinkstock
Web users need to choose complicated passwords to protect their security. Photo: Thinkstock

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.

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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.

 

1. 123456

2. password

3. 12345678

4. qwerty

5. abc123

6. 123456789

7. 111111

8. 1234567

9. iloveyou

10. adobe123

11. 123123

12. admin

13. 1234567890

14. letmein

15. photoshop

16. 1234

17. monkey

18. shadow

19. sunshine

20. 12345

21. password1

22. princess

23. azerty

24. trustno1

25. 000000

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