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The 5 Worst Passwords to Use, Ranked

If you were a gas pipeline, you’d already be out millions!

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2 min readJun 9, 2021


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5. “123456”

No lie, this is the most common password used. (And “123456789” is right behind it.) If you’re lazy enough to rock with this, we’d hate to see the back of your fridge. Or your personal grooming situation. Or really anything else in your life.

4. “Password”

Another perennial top five on security audits, this either means you never bothered changing the default when it was given to you — in the early 2000s, we’re guessing — or you have trouble remembering how to count in order. Real talk, we’re surprised you spell it right often enough to actually log in to that Hotmail account.

3. The same password you use everywhere else

A 2019 Google/Harris poll found that 52% of people reuse passwords. Even worse, 13% of them use one password for everything. Okay, we thought this was covered in Being Online 101, but it looks like we need to be clearer: This is like giving someone a master key to your entire damn life. One account goes, they alllll go. Have fun sifting through receipts for all the cool shit someone bought in your name!