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Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2012; ‘password’ still reigns

Technology keeps evolving every day and most of the times, hackers are often a step ahead of security firms. While cyber security has dramatically advanced in the past 5 years, people with malicious intents can still easily get into thousands of accounts. One of the reasons why it always happens is because millions of people around the world are still using terrible passwords. Ever since email was introduced, ‘password’ has been the most common passkey people intend to use and almost two decades later, it is still being used.

Security software developer, Splashdata, has a habit of releasing a list of most common passwords used on the web every year. According to its report, the passkey ‘password’ still claims the top spot followed by two of its closest contenders ‘123456’ and ‘12345678’. This year, however, many started using ‘password1’, it is basically the same word with a little numerical variation. Aside from it, there are four other newcomers, namely; ‘welcome’, ‘jesus’, ‘mustang’, and ‘ninja’.

Just this year, a journalist “virtually” died because a single hacker was able to get into one of his accounts. His online identity was fully messed up including his Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts. The internet is a dangerous place to be complacent with the passwords you’re using. Nowadays, it is easier to steal somebody else’s identity by simply going to social networking sites where sensitive and personal information are often published especially for new users.

Here is the list of the top 25 most commonly used password on the web for 2012 as published by PC World:

  1. password (Unchanged)
  2. 123456 (Unchanged)
  3. 12345678 (Unchanged)
  4. abc123 (Up 1)
  5. qwerty (Down 1)
  6. monkey (Unchanged)
  7. letmein (Up 1)
  8. dragon (Up 2)
  9. 111111 (Up 3)
  10. baseball (Up 1)
  11. iloveyou (Up 2)
  12. trustno1 (Down 3)
  13. 1234567 (Down 6)
  14. sunshine (Up 1)
  15. master (Down 1)
  16. 123123 (Up 4)
  17. welcome (New)
  18. shadow (Up 1)
  19. ashley (Down 3)
  20. football (Up 5)
  21. jesus (New)
  22. michael (Up 2)
  23. ninja (New)
  24. mustang (New)
  25. password1 (New)

A good password is a combination of  letters, number, and characters. It is also advisable to use capital letters to make the words unpredictable. Users should also consider the length because a long password is also a good way to keep those hackers guessing.

[source: PC World]

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