123456 is the worst password of 2013, software firm SplashData has said in a list it released.
Last year’s worst password – password – has been displaced from its perch for the first time ever.
Several weak passwords are as short as four-five characters, and are often really easy to guess, such as ‘admin’, ‘1234’, ‘12345’.
The annual worst passwords list is a way to spread public awareness about password security.
SplashData, which sells password management software, recommends the use of a strong password manager that can automatically log in to websites, allowing users to create strong passwords that they don’t have to remember. Other simple tips include avoiding number-letter substitutions such as ‘p4s$w0rd’, and avoiding the same username and password combinations across multiple services.
Here’s the complete list of the passwords: