When both Swedish security expert Anders Nilsson and CNET’s Declan McCullagh ran the numbers to calculate the ‘most commonly used passwords,’ their results were unnervingly similar.
Strings of consecutive letters (abcde) and numbers (12345) were popular. However, more interesting are the most frequently used “base words” listed (with my expert analysis) below:
1. password – We’re Lazy.
2. welcome – We’re Impressionable. Oh, I’m on the “welcome” page! I feel so welcome here!
3. qwerty – We might be Techy, but again, we’re Lazy. This way I can log-in and eat a burrito at the same time!
4. monkey – We’re Moms. It’s a fact: Mom’s love the word “Monkey.” Moms use it to refer to their children, their husbands, and even their pet monkeys!
5. jesus – Americans Love Jesus. Like, enough to trust him with our passwords and stuff.
6. love – We’re Idealists. We love Love and we love to imagine that Love is all around us, all the time. “Live. Laugh. Love!”
7. money – We Hate to Love It. ‘Mixed feelings’ or not, money is actually our most favorite thing ever.
8. freedom – We Love to Love it. Let Freedom Ring! We’re Americans and we’re damn proud of it.
9. ninja - We’re Total Nerds.
10. writer – We all secretly fancy ourselves ‘Writers.’
11. sunshine - We all just want to be Happy. Sunshine is the easiest way.
12. princess – Did I say we all secretly fancy ourselves writers? It’s actually Princesses. We all want to be Princesses.