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'Password' no longer the Internet's worst password

Published on Jan 22, 2014 6:21 AM
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The number sequence "123456" has overtaken "password" as the most common worst password among Internet users, an online security firm says. -- NP FILE PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The number sequence "123456" has overtaken "password" as the most common worst password among Internet users, an online security firm says.

Releasing its annual Worst Passwords list, SplashData said it was the first time "password" had lost its number-one position, changing places with its numerical rival.

In third place was "12345678," unchanged from 2012, while "qwerty" and "abc123" came in fourth and fifth - and "iloveyou" climbed two spots to number nine.

Swinging the results, SplashData said, was a major security breach involving Adobe software that laid bare the widespread use of weak passwords among users of such Adobe products as Photoshop.

 
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