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40 Worst and Most-Hacked Passwords You Should Never Use

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Have you ever wondered what is the worst password you can possibly choose? It’s “password”! “Password” ranks first on SplashData, the password management solution provider’s annual list of worst internet passwords based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. In the list, you’ll find that many passwords are sequential series of numbers and letters on the keyboard such as 123456 (ranked no.2) and qwerty (ranked no.4).

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Some common names like “Ashley” and “Michael” and sports names such as “baseball” and “football” are also commonly used as easy-to-remember passwords. However what made me surprise was that “monkey” ranked no.6 on the list which is pretty hard to explain. Here’s the Top 40 most commonly hacked passwords you should never use. If you are using any password on the list, change it immediately to select a strong and secure password!

25 Worst Passwords of 2011 – Splashdata.com

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

More Commonly Hacked Passwords

  • 123456789
  • princess
  • rockyou
  • nicole
  • daniel
  • babygirl
  • jessica
  • lovely
  • secret
  • grandma
  • computer
  • buttons
  • simple
  • 112233
  • test123

Here are 5 useful tips for choosing and managing your passwords:-

  • Your password should have at least eight characters
  • Include numbers, letters and symbols in your passwords
  • Never use your username as password
  • Use different passwords for all websites
  • Use online password manager to keep track of your passwords

Bonus!
Below is the infographic from Zonealarm.com showing you how to avoid the most common and dangerous passwords!
how_to_avoid_the_most_common_and_dangerous_passwords

Author: Jules, Quertime Editorial

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