20% of Web Users Choose Common Passwords

Some people never learn. An astounding 20% of Web users choose easy-to-guess passwords like “123456” or “password”. Imperva recently analyzed 32 million user accounts that had been hacked from a social networking site and then posted on the internet.

Imperva found that nearly 1 percent of the 32 million people it studied had used “123456” as a password. The second-most-popular password was “12345.” Others in the top 20 included “qwerty,” “abc123” and “princess.”

More disturbing, said Mr. Shulman, was that about 20 percent of people on the RockYou list picked from the same, relatively small pool of 5,000 passwords.

That suggests that hackers could easily break into many accounts just by trying the most common passwords. Because of the prevalence of fast computers and speedy networks, hackers can fire off thousands of password guesses per minute. . . .

Overusing simple passwords is not a new phenomenon. A similar survey examined computer passwords used in the mid-1990s and found that the most popular ones at that time were “12345,” “abc123” and “password.”

The top passwords used are:

  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 12345689
  4. password
  5. iloveyou
  6. princess
  7. rockyou
  8. 1234567
  9. 12345678
  10. abc123
  11. nicole
  12. daniel
  13. babygirl
  14. monkey
  15. jessica
  16. lovely
  1. michael
  2. ashley
  3. 654321
  4. qwerty
  5. iloveu
  6. michelle
  7. 111111
  8. 0
  9. tigger
  10. password1
  11. sunshine
  12. chocolate
  13. anthony
  14. angel
  15. FRIENDS
  16. soccer

If you use any recognizable phrase you deserve to be hacked. But “0”? Really? If you use that you deserve to have your identity stolen and credit ruined so no one will choose you for a mate and you will fail to reproduce. Really.

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