If You Use Any of These 25 Passwords, Change Them Immediately

A recent study by SplashData complied lists of stolen passwords by hackers that were posted online, and came up with the top 25 most obvious passwords used. If any of these look familiar to you personally, it might be time to get more creative. The hackers are watching…

25 worst (AKA most popular) passwords of 2011:

  • 1. password
  • 2. 123456
  • 3.12345678
  • 4. qwerty
  • 5. abc123
  • 6. monkey
  • 7. 1234567
  • 8. letmein
  • 9. trustno1
  • 10. dragon
  • 11. baseball
  • 12. 111111
  • 13. iloveyou
  • 14. master
  • 15. sunshine
  • 16. ashley
  • 17. bailey
  • 18. passw0rd
  • 19. shadow
  • 20. 123123
  • 21. 654321
  • 22. superman
  • 23. qazwsx
  • 24. michael
  • 25. football

SplashData CEO Morgan Slain warns that if you find your password on this list, immediately go and change it to something much more secure.

Instead of relying on one of these easy to remember (and thus easy to guess) passwords, you should come up with something a bit more complex and creative. Some good tips to keep in mind when creating passwords for your online security is to use numbers, letters, special characters if possible, and to make your passwords 8 characters or more. Also keep in mind that you don’t want to have the same password for all your online identities, so try to vary them for different website identities.

(Via Gizmodo) / (Image by totumweb licensed under Creative Commons)

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