Top 20 website passwords you shouldn’t be using

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The folks at Imperva have released a report examining the 32 million passwords that were exposed in a breach of the RockYou website last year.

What they discovered (and it matches the findings of other studies conducted in the past) is that human beings are very bad at choosing hard-to-guess passwords.

Here are the top 20 passwords that RockYou users had chosen:

  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 123456789
  4. Password
  5. iloveyou
  6. princess
  7. rockyou
  8. 1234567
  9. 12345678
  10. abc123
  11. Nicole
  12. Daniel

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.