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Make Sure You're Not Using the 'Worst Passwords of 2013'

It turns out most people use combinations that are way too simple.
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When setting up apps for the first time, it's tempting to use a simple password like 'qwerty' or '000000' so that you don't have to remember one more combination of numbers and letters.

As it turns out, a lot of people give in to that temptation. Drawing from the Adobe security breach that distributed millions of passwords last year, password management application developer SplashData has compiled a list of the worst commonly-used passwords in 2013. 

Make sure that you aren't using any of the passwords below. You're putting your application data at serious risk if you do, as would-be hackers know to try them first.

Rank Password:

1. 123456

2. password

3. 12345678

4. qwerty

5. abc123

6. 123456789

7. 111111

8. 1234567

9. iloveyou

10. adobe123

11. 123123

12. admin

13. 1234567890

14. letmein

15. photoshop

16. 1234

17. monkey

18. shadow

19. sunshine

20. 12345

21. password1

22. princess

23. azerty

24. trustno1

25. 000000

If you need help coming up with a strong password, SplashData has some helpful advice:

Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters. But even passwords with common substitutions like "dr4mat1c" can be vulnerable to attackers' increasingly sophisticated technology, and random combinations like "j%7K&yPx$" can be difficult to remember. One way to create more secure passwords that are easy to recall is to use passphrases -- short words with spaces or other characters separating them. It's best to use random words rather than common phrases.

For example, "cakes years birthday" or "smiles_light_skip?"

Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites.  Especially risky is using the same password for entertainment sites that you do for online email, social networking, or financial service sites. Use different passwords for each new website or service you sign up for."

This article was originally published on Business Insider.

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Last updated: Jan 21, 2014




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