If you use any of these passwords you shouldn’t be allowed near a computer

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It doesn’t matter how many times you tell some people, they still continue to the most stupid passwords.

Unbelievably, “123456” still tops the list but 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 still appear. “Password” is still there as is “qwerty” amongst many others that are easy to fathom out.

“Use of any of the passwords on this list would put users at grave risk for identity theft,” said SplashData, which released the report.
 
Apparently, almost 10% of people use a password that appears in the top 25 worst passwords with the vast majority of these users coming fromNorth America or Europe.

“These past two years have been particularly devastating for data security, with a number of well publicised hacks, attacks, ransoms, and even extortion attempts. Millions of records have been stolen,” said SplashData.

The company recommends that all passwords should be at least 12 characters long and as we have said many times, include upper and lowercase, numbers and symbols. Different passwords should also be used for each program or application that requires you to login.

We are aware that this can be hard to remember so using a password manager is perhaps the best approach.

“Hackers know your tricks, and merely tweaking an easily guessable password does not make it secure,” said SplashData CEO Morgan Slain. 

“Our hope is that our Worst Passwords of the Year list will cause people to take steps to protect themselves online.”

The 25 worst passwords of the year are: 

1. 123456 (unchanged from 2016 list) 
2. password (unchanged) 
3. 12345678 (up one place) 
4. qwerty (up two places) 
5. 12345 (down two places) 
6. 123456789 (new entry) 
7. letmein (new entry) 
8. 1234567 (unchanged) 
9. football (down four places) 
10. iloveyou (new entry) 
11. admin (up four places) 
12. welcome (unchanged) 
13. monkey (new entry) 
14. login (down three places) 
15. abc123 (down one place) 
16. starwars (new entry) 
17. 123123 (new entry) 
18. dragon (up one place) 
19. passw0rd (down one place) 
20. master (up one place) 
21. hello (new entry) 
22. freedom (new entry) 
23. whatever (new entry) 
24. qazwsx (new entry) 
25. trustno1 (new entry)

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