The 25 worst passwords of 2012

A look at passwords released by hackers shows that some real losers, like "password," are popular.

Story highlights

  • Password management firm lists year's 25 worst passwords
  • Top three on the list: "password," "123456" and "12345678"
  • "jesus," "monkey" and "ninja" also made the list
  • Entries came from common passwords posted by hackers
If any of your passwords are on this list, then shame on you -- and go change them now.
SplashData, which makes password management applications, has released its annual "Worst Passwords" list compiled from common passwords that are posted by hackers. The top three -- "password," "123456," and "12345678″ -- have not changed since last year. New ones include "jesus," "ninja," "mustang," "password1," and "welcome." Other passwords have moved up and down on the list.
The most surprising addition is probably "welcome."
"That means people are not even changing default passwords," CEO Morgan Slain told TIME Tech. "It doesn't take that much time to make a new password."
You should have different passwords for all of your accounts. To make it easier to remember them all, Slain suggests thinking about passwords as "passphrases." For instance, use a phrase like "dog eats bone" and add underscores, dashes, hyphens, and other punctuation marks to satisfy the special character requirement: "dog_eats_bone!"
Here's the full list:
1. password
2, 123456
3. 12345678
4. abc123
5. qwerty
6. monkey
7. letmein
8. dragon
9. 111111
10. baseball
11. iloveyou
12. trustno1
13. 1234567
14. sunshine
15. master
16. 123123
17. welcome
18. shadow
19. ashley
20. football
21. jesus
22. michael
23. ninja
24. mustang
25. password1