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The Top 25 Passwords Used and Why You Shouldn’t Use Them

By May 18, 2013February 28th, 2023Blog

A list was released in the past few months that included the most commonly-used passwords of last year. These passwords, and any variation of these passwords, are some of the passwords that will be tried first when a hacker is attempting to get into an account. Considering the amount of data that has been stolen from places like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Microsoft, it’s important you choose a unique, difficult-to-guess password and change it regularly.

Here is the list of passwords released by CBS News:

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. monkey
  7. 1234567
  8. letmein
  9. trustno1
  10. dragon
  11. baseball
  12. 111111
  13. iloveyou
  14. master
  15. sunshine
  16. ashley
  17. bailey
  18. passw0rd
  19. shadow
  20. 123123
  21. 654321
  22. superman
  23. qazwsx
  24. michael
  25. football

If any of these passwords look familiar, or if any of your passwords resemble these passwords in any way (for example, “m0nkey” instead of “monkey”), then now is a good time to change your password to something less common.

What Should I Change It To?

Your password doesn’t necessarily have to be complicated to be a good password, but it’s important to avoid information that could be stolen if a website were hacked (such as your birthdate, email, or phone number). Many websites require a capital letter, eight characters, and a number. It’s also a good idea to include a special character such as ! or *.

In addition, creating multiple passwords that you use for different websites is also a good idea. Your Facebook password shouldn’t be the same as your banking password, and your banking password shouldn’t be the same as that of a gaming account. All of your passwords should be easy for you to remember, but exceedingly difficult to guess. Make sure everyone in your organization understands the importance of good password security, and it’s likely you’ll be safer than those who do not educate those at their companies at all.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.