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Top Ten Passwords

Apparently 32 million passwords were exposed last month in a breach of RockYou, a social media app. The most common were:

1. 123456

2. 12345

3. 123456789

4. Password

5. iloveyou

6. princess

7. rockyou

8. 1234567

9. 12345678

10. abc123

Phew! I can relax! My password (“1111”) isn’t in the top ten!

Here are the ten most secure passwords. Feel free to pick whichever you want:

10. passw0rd
9. assword
8. pssword
7. secretpassword
6. psswrd
5. ass_sword
4. passgas
3. drowssap
2. whatismypassword?
1. IfYouTypeThisYouAreAMonkey

Each of these is 100% guaranteed to be secure.

10 Responses to “Top Ten Passwords”

  1. This always reminds me of the scene from “Spaceballs”. Unfortunately, it does not remind me enough to remember the details, but it involves the passowrd for opening or closing shields (or some such) with the result being that it is 1234.
    Someone says that is the dumbest password because every idiot uses that for their luggage. Just then, Mel Brooks, the ruler (or something) walks in and when told the password says “That’s funny, it’s the same as my suitcase”. Please correct the details.

    BTW, my luggage password needs only 3 digits, so it is 007, something no one would guess, especially a man who watched movies in the 60s or 70s.

  2. Oh, and two days ago, for a purportedly highly secure web access site I was told to use the temporary password of “password1”. When I said that isn’t very secure and I’d like to change it, I was told I could change only after five days! There was no reason available for the delay. Any ideas why?

  3. @Andy – the reason for the hold period is probably that the password needs to be reviewed by a committee to make sure it’s not easily guessable.

  4. “100% guaranteed to be secure”? Nonsense. And much less secure now that you’ve published them.

    Anyone who was using previously conservative variations on the word “password” should now know that they’ve become extremely risky and should change them if they care.

  5. csts, I think my brother was being humorous, as was George above. The word “password” and its variations has never been secure.


  6. csts, I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that your response is intended as a humorous response to my feeble attempt at humor. In which case: Well played, suh or madam!

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