Passwords, Insecurity in the millions

Passwords.. You’ll hear it a lot from tech people about how complex your passwords should be. And although you may think “Oh, I’m fine using simple passwords if I make it long.” – I beg to differ.

An old community I used to be a part of and help manage had quite a lot of members – over 6 million registered (although I’m sure the majority of those were spam accounts). It died near the end of 2008, I was fortunate enough to have made a backup of the accounts database on July 13th, 2008.

Yesterday, and earlier today I was sifting through some of my old backups and I ended up doing queries on the database to see the most common passwords (Before you say anything, I’m aware that these passwords are not hashed – the software we used did not support it until later sadly) . It’s kind of funny, the #1 most common of the passwords was ‘123456’ – used by 3,482 people. Passwords like that are extremely insecure and can lead to your account being broken into very easily. It’s no wonder people are always having security problems, losing access to their PayPal, bank, and other important accounts – all because the didn’t want to secure their passwords. Stupidity knows no bounds.

I’ve compiled a list of the top 100 passwords used below for your viewing, and laughing pleasure.

  1. 123456 – used by 3,482 people
  2. password – used by 1,167 people
  3. 12345 – used by 946 people
  4. 123 – used by 925 people
  5. 123456789 – used by 839 people
  6. 1234 – used by 732 people
  7. qwerty – used by 721 people
  8. lol – used by 592 people
  9. 123123 – used by 591 people
  10. killer – used by 523 people
  11. dragon – used by 498 people
  12. lol123 – used by 430 people
  13. abc123 – used by 393 people
  14. shadow – used by 385 people
  15. warcraft – used by 357 people
  16. password1 – used by 317 people
  17. 123321 – used by 303 people
  18. asdasd – used by 302 people
  19. master – used by 294 people
  20. 12345678 – used by 274 people
  21. lollol – used by 252 people
  22. monkey – used by 242 people
  23. daniel – used by 237 people
  24. pokemon – used by 237 people
  25. 1q2w3e4r – used by 220 people
  26. 123qwe – used by 210 people
  27. wow – used by 204 people
  28. 159753 – used by 201 people
  29. 111111 – used by 197 people
  30. 1234567 – used by 196 people
  31. STARWARS – used by 194 people
  32. hunter – used by 188 people
  33. soccer – used by 186 people
  34. poop – used by 185 people
  35. qazwsx – used by 185 people
  36. cheese – used by 181 people
  37. diablo – used by 181 people
  38. hejsan – used by 159 people
  39. 000000 – used by 158 people
  40. Slipknot – used by 158 people
  41. thomas – used by 155 people
  42. asd – used by 152 people
  43. google – used by 147 people
  44. qwerty123 – used by 143 people
  45. eminem – used by 142 people
  46. andrew – used by 141 people
  47. 666666 – used by 141 people
  48. 1q2w3e – used by 141 people
  49. samsung – used by 140 people
  50. 1 – used by 139 people
  51. hejhej – used by 138 people
  52. martin – used by 135 people
  53. asdf – used by 133 people
  54. superman – used by 131 people
  55. abcd1234 – used by 128 people
  56. matrix – used by 127 people
  57. football – used by 127 people
  58. metallica – used by 126 people
  59. 112233 – used by 126 people
  60. michael – used by 125 people
  61. alex – used by 124 people
  62. 654321 – used by 121 people
  63. logitech – used by 120 people
  64. hello – used by 117 people
  65. fuckyou – used by 117 people
  66. – used by 116 people (Although you can’t see it, there should be 8 spaces here – Yes, 8 spaces)
  67. SLAYER – used by 116 people
  68. 121212 – used by 115 people
  69. blink182 – used by 110 people
  70. darkness – used by 110 people
  71. asd123 – used by 109 people
  72. baseball – used by 109 people
  73. aaaaaa – used by 109 people
  74. computer – used by 109 people
  75. chicken – used by 108 people
  76. 1234qwer – used by 107 people
  77. 1234567890 – used by 105 people
  78. asdfgh – used by 104 people
  79. justin – used by 104 people
  80. 1qaz2wsx – used by 104 people
  81. asdf1234 – used by 103 people
  82. hahaha – used by 103 people
  83. qweasd – used by 103 people
  84. alexander – used by 102 people
  85. qwe123 – used by 102 people
  86. robert – used by 102 people
  87. naruto – used by 102 people
  88. hallo – used by 101 people
  89. parola – used by 101 people
  90. asshole – used by 99 people
  91. hej123 – used by 98 people
  92. warcraft1 – used by 97 people
  93. letmein – used by 96 people
  94. oliver – used by 94 people
  95. 1111 – used by 94 people
  96. matthew – used by 94 people
  97. element – used by 93 people
  98. asdfasdf – used by 92 people
  99. noob – used by 92 people
  100. brandon – used by 91 people

Please, for everyone’s sake.. choose a less common and slightly more complicated password.

4 Responses

  1. reZo says:

    Interesting, I tend to key bash when creating new passwords, and edit it as desired after. Guess it’s similar to a random password generator.

    I’ve heard of a couple people using patterns for passwords, including there favorite piano tunes and such, interesting method of creating them.

  2. Jiinx says:

    I dont have passwords per say, more of patterns on the keyboard..

    zawerfcx = D
    2wsxdrfvgy7 = W

    etc

    easy to remeber and hard to hack 😀

  3. rex says:

    I wouldn’t believe this if the info wasn’t right in front of my eyes 😮 The best password I ever had (and still have) was randomly generated for me 😀 I didn’t think I’d remember it but after a few goes it was cemented in my brain 🙂

    • Ellie says:

      Yeah, I was quite amazed myself – it’s rather sad this is the ‘norm’. :/

      For my passwords I usually pick a few words and replace characters, like pickafewwords would be 9!ck4fewWord$ – this has lowercase, uppercase, numbers, signs, and is 13 characters long.

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