Splashdata Releases Its Top 25 Password List

Let me start with a few caveats.   This is based on hacked and published passwords, so it may or may not represent the overall use of passwords.  Splashdata also makes a password manager application, so they have a vested interest in the story.


The top password is no long password.  It is now 123456 .  Followed by the more secure 12345 .

Here is the complete list, but the top 5 passwords, in order, are:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345
  4. 12345678
  5. qwerty

As I said, this may not represent the use of passwords in general, but how do we expect people to deal with phishing attacks like at Sony if, after all these years, the most popular password is still 123456.

According to Splashdata, this is an analysis of 3.3 million leaked passwords and the top 25 represents a little more than 2 percent of the total.  This means that about 70,000 people used the passwords in the top 25 list.