Popular Passwords

Popularity may be welcome, but make sure it does not apply to your online passwords.

Splashdata has released its annual list of the most commonly used passwords and the top three remained unchanged from 2011.

What was number one on the list of the Worst Passwords of 2012?

“PASSWORD” followed by “123456,” and “12345678”.

“SplashData’s top 25 list was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. The company advises consumers or businesses using any of the passwords on the list to change them immediately.”

It advises using passwords with eight or more mixed-up characters.  Include numbers, underscores and punctuation marks.  It also recommends creating a new password for each website and more importantly do not use the same user name/password combination for your online financial transactions that you do for social media sites.

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