SplashData does a yearly and very informative report of the easiest passwords to figure out of the recent year. While many strings like “password” and “12345” will always remain at the top of the list, there are a few new ones and some positions swapped from the 2011 list. Below is the top 25 of 2012 “worst passwords”, some of the newer ones for this year as reported by SplashData include “ninja”, “mustang”, “jesus”, and “password1” (ha).

  1. password (Unchanged)
  2. 123456 (Unchanged)
  3. 12345678 (Unchanged)
  4. abc123 (Up 1)
  5. qwerty (Down 1)
  6. monkey (Unchanged)
  7. letmein (Up 1)
  8. dragon (Up 2)
  9. 111111 (Up 3)
  10. baseball (Up 1)
  11. iloveyou (Up 2)
  12. trustno1 (Down 3)
  13. 1234567 (Down 6)
  14. sunshine (Up 1)
  15. master (Down 1)
  16. 123123 (Up 4)
  17. welcome (New)
  18. shadow (Up 1)
  19. ashley (Down 3)
  20. football (Up 5)
  21. jesus (New)
  22. michael (Up 2)
  23. ninja (New)
  24. mustang (New)
  25. password1 (New)

Source: SplashData.com

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