NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Given how many major hacking incidents there have been this year, one might assume that anyone creating an account would know better than to use a super obvious password, like, say, “password”, but apparently not.
The word “password” was in fact the most stolen password this year, followed by what is probably the next most obvious choice one could make, “123456”, according to a new report from the password software provider Splashdata based on an analysis of the millions of passwords that were lifted from accounts and posted online this year.
Other passwords that ranked high on the list included “qwerty” (the first six characters at the top of your keyboard), “111111” (the lazy man’s version of 123456) and “passw0rd” with a zero instead of an “o” (not clever at all, apparently.)
The fact that these passwords were stolen more than any other shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Splashdata recommends picking passwords that are at least eight characters long, with a mix of numbers, symbols and case types sprinkled in, and to use different passwords and user names for different websites. If you have trouble remembering each, you can just use one of these secure password storage services to help.
Here are the 10 most stolen passwords of 2011. For the full list, visit Splashdata.com.