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Popular Passwords in 2014 Revealed: Have We Learned Nothing?

by Todd Haselton | January 20, 2015January 20, 2015 7:00 pm PDT


It seems like once a month, maybe more, there’s another major retailer under attack, or a huge company like Sony is having its servers taken down and its e-mails pilfered through by hackers. One would think that would push the public in general to create more secure passwords, to activate 2-step authentication and to, you know, stop using the most obvious chains of letters and numbers in the world.


SplashData recently published a list of the most popular passwords from 2014, which were gathered from lists of stolen passwords, Gizmodo said. Unfortunately, the passwords are not only insanely simple to guess, they’re also some of the most popular passwords gleaned from hacks that occurred in 2012 and 2013, and many appeared on those earlier lists, too.

123456 was the most popular password in 2014 for the second year running, and “password” was the second most used password for the second year in a row. 12345 followed in third place and was trailed by 12345678 and qwerty. Ugh.

Here’s the full list provided by Gizmodo. Please, please, change your password if you’re still using one of these:

1. 123456 (Unchanged)

2. password (Unchanged)

3. 12345 (Up 17)

4. 12345678 (Down 1)

5. qwerty (Down 1)

6. 123456789 (Unchanged)

7. 1234 (Up 9)

8. baseball (New)

9. dragon (New)

10. football (New)

11. 1234567 (Down 4)

12. monkey (Up 5)

13. letmein (Up 1)

14. abc123 (Down 9)

15. 111111 (Down 8)

16.mustang (New)

17. access (New)

18. shadow (Unchanged)

19. master (New)

20. michael (New)

21. superman (New)

22. 696969 (New)

23. 123123 (Down 12)

24. batman (New)

25. trustno1 (Down 1)

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...