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article imageList of most common passwords released, 'password' still on top

A company that develops password management software has released its annual list of the most common passwords. The company noted many of the passwords chosen are poor and the users are likely to become victims in future breaches.
This week SplashData, a password management software developer, revealed its annual list of the 25 most common passwords. Some of them made the 2011 list, others were newcomers for this year.
Looking for what passwords not to use? Without further ado, here are the top 10 most used passwords:
10. "Baseball"
9. "111111"
8. "dragon"
7. "letmein"
6. "monkey"
5. "qwerty"
4. "abc123"
3. "12345678"
2. "123456"
And at #1 is "Password". It is worth mentioning this string of code also topped the 2011 list as well. Other honorable mentions in SplashData's 2012's top 25 are "iloveyou", and "football" which also made last year's list, but moved up a few slots. Brand new passwords making this year's most common passwords are "welcome", "jesus", "mustang" and "password1".
All of these passwords break one or more of guidelines security experts and privacy advocates often recommend for creating good passwords.
Despite high profile hacks, people are not using stronger passwords. The year 2012 saw many high profile hacks, including LinkedIn, eHarmony, and Yahoo!, to name a few.
Earlier this year security company Trustwave found the most commonly used password by businesses was "Password1".
With many of these hacks it was discovered users had a tendency to pick easy to guess passwords. Even if the companies weren't hacked, users hand exploiters a gift by using weak passwords that are easy to guess or crack.
"At this time of year, people enjoy focusing on scary costumes, movies and decorations, but those who have been through it can tell you how terrifying it is to have your identity stolen because of a hacked password,” said Morgan Slain, SplashData CEO. “We're hoping that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different passwords for different websites."
As the number of hacks and other exploits continue to rise, having a strong password is advised. While using a well-constructed password won't necessarily prevent a hack, it is an additional layer of protection against exploiters.
Passwords are the keys to one's digital property, and using a poor password can be likened to handing over house keys to a thief.
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