A few weeks ago we told you about many people falling prey to Russian hackers who had created a website and broadcast their personal webcams over the internet. To read the article, please click here.

Well this week SplashData released their annual list of the most common password. It revealed that people are still using weak passwords that are easy to guess.

In 2014 “123456” took the top spot whilst “password” took second.

"Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are," said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData. "Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences. As more websites require stronger passwords or combinations of letters and numbers, longer keyboard patterns are becoming common passwords, and they are still not secure."

Having a weak password can expose you to being hacked and even having your identity stolen.

The list is compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during 2014:

1. 123456

2. password

3. 12345

4. 12345678

5. qwerty

6. 123456789

7. 1234

8. baseball

9. dragon

10. football

11. 1234567

12. monkey

13. letmein

14. abc123

15. 111111

16. mustang

17. access

18. shadow

19. master

20. michael

21. superman

22. 696969

23. 123123

24. batman

25. trustno1

 

Other passwords that featured in the top 100 SplashData suggest you avoid are sports names, birthday’s and baby names.

 

Our tips for creating a strong password


-Try using a combination of upper and lower case letters.

- Add numbers and symbols.

- Try keeping your password longer than 8 characters.

- Try avoid names, birthdays or ascending or descending numbers.

- Use different passwords on different sites.

 

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