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Are your passwords as bad as these?

All of us use passwords to protect our online accounts, such things as ebay, paypal and even sometimes our bank accounts. SplashData have compiled a list last week which show that many people are letting the hackers run away with their accounts.

According to their research, the worst passwords online are ‘password’, ‘123456’ and ‘qwerty’, showing that many people really are very lazy indeed. Other favourites are ‘111111’ and ‘iloveyou’ which have been allowing hackers to take over many accounts in 2011.

25 Worst Passwords of the Year

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. passwOrd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football

Experts say that you should mix letters with numbers, and include capitals to make it more difficult to break.

Kitguru says: It is safe to say that if anyone reading this are using any of the passwords in the top 25 list, then get them changed immediately!

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