Monkey, Dragon, football and the rest of 2011's worst passwords

Predictably bad passwords reign again in 2011, security company says

Maybe people go with passwords like 123456 and the very tricky 12345678 because they think they're so obvious that hackers won't guess them?

Anyway, SplashData, a maker of password management and other mobile apps, has released its list of the 25 worst passwords of 2011 (in other words, most common) and they're mostly predictable, with a few oddballs tossed in.

As we've seen this year, such as with the Morto A worm, weak passwords continue to be any path for malware to take. Researchers are doing their best to automate stronger pathwords, using algorithms and other techniques, and as you can see here, such work is necessary...

1. password

2. 123456

3. 12345678

4. qwerty

5. abc123

6. monkey

7. 1234567

8. letmein

9. trustno1

10. dragon

11. baseball

12. 111111

13. iloveyou

14. master

15. sunshine

16. ashley

17. bailey

18. passw0rd

19. shadow

20. 123123

21. 654321

22. superman

23. qazwsx

24. michael

25. football

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