A list of the most popular passwords of 2014 reveals that internet security continues to be far less important to most people than simple memorability - much to the frustration of security experts worldwide.
SplashData compiles a list annually by collecting stolen data published by hackers throughout the year and analysing the passwords. It excludes data from non-English speaking countries.
During 2014, as in the year before, the most popular password was “123456”. In second place for the second year was “password”. Experts recommend using a password of eight characters or more, made up of lower- and upper-case letters, numbers and special characters. It is also important not to use the same password for each log-in, so that if hackers compromise one service they are not able to log into your accounts across the internet.
The 25 most popular passwords:
|1. 123456||2. password||3. 12345||4. 12345678||5. qwerty|
|6. 123456789||7. 1234||8. baseball||9. dragon||10. football|
|11. 1234567||12. monkey||13. letmein||14. abc123||15. 111111|
|16. mustang||17. access||18. shadow||19. master||20. michael|
|21. superman||22. 696969||23. 123123||24. batman||25. trustno1|