SplashData's 2014 worst passwords list proves hackers don't have much to do

Jan 20, 2015 at 6:15 p.m. ET

I used to work for the Army, so my internet passwords tend to be hard as hell to crack. I'm talking passwords so difficult that I tend to forget them every other time I log in.

No, thanks, Microsoft, I'm not interested in upgrading my awesome password. So when SplashData's annual "worst passwords" list came out, I couldn't help but shake my head at the poor, poor saps still using "password" as a password. Have we learned nothing from the Sony hack? Let's at least make them work for it, amirite? Remember, adding a few characters, numbers and varying capitalization can mean the difference between the pics you sent of that weird spot on your butt going to your mom or going to the entire world.

Peep the full list — most of which have appeared in previous years — below.

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3.  12345 
  4. 12345678 
  5. qwerty
  6. 123456789 
  7. 1234 Up
  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 

Take a look at the new entries though — you have to wonder what prompted thousands of people to choose Batman, Superman and dragon as their passwords this year. If nothing else, this proves that the internet is getting weirder and weirder. And that your super-original hero-themed password isn't as original as you thought.

 *Indicates a new entry to the list

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