25 Worst Passwords of 2011 listed by U.S. password management firm

Techie site Mashable reports that password management application provider SplashData has released their annual list of worst Internet passwords.

Techie site Mashable reports that password management application provider SplashData has released their annual list of worst Internet passwords. According to the report, SplashData came up with the ranking "based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers." Below is the complete list of the 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. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football

 

Naturally, SlashData CEO Morgan Slain urged businesses and consumers using any password on the list to change them immediately. He said, "Hackers can easily break into many accounts just by repeatedly trying common passwords. Even though people are encouraged to select secure, strong passwords, many people continue to choose weak, easy-to-guess ones, placing themselves at risk from fraud and identity theft."

 

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