The 25 most popular (i.e. worst) passwords of 2012

Sometimes, it seems like people never learn.

The Canadian government is spending millions of dollars to beef up cybersecurity. Researchers are developing split passwords to help protect personal accounts from hacking attacks.

And yet, for another year in a row, what's the most popular being used online?

"Password."

Password-management application provider SplashData has released its annual list of the 25 most popular passwords used by people online. The company collected the data from the millions of stolen logins that were posted online by hackers in 2012, TechSpot reports.

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If your password appears on this list, strongly consider changing it ASAP:

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)

Many of the passwords on the list appeared on the 2011 one, too, which you can view here.

For anyone who just spotted their password in that list, here are some tips for creating a more secure password from SplashData:

  1. Create passwords of at least eight characters or more, combining different types of characters
  2. Avoid using the same password for multiple websites
  3. If you need help keeping track of passwords, use a password management application or the built-in software in your operating system

When creating a password, it's also important to never give it out to anyone, especially if you've received an email asking for personal information like login info for a specific website.

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And when you're making your new password, please, try and think of something that isn't bound to end up on the list for 2013.

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