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Worst Passwords of 2013 Named

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SplashData  has issued its list of the most commonly used passwords of the year.  These are, of course, also the most stolen passwords as well.

This year, the worst choice is 123456- narrowly beating the perennial favorite "password."

The website says the fact that the top two passwords are so easy for a hacker to guess means that the public has not yet figured out the best way to keep themselves safe.

Out of the top 25  password choices there were 10 strings of easy-to-guess numbers.

There were also strings of letters used as the appear on the keyboard, and easy combinations of letters and numbers such as abc123 and words such as "princess" or "monkey."

The list included a number of passwords stolen from Adobe users, so there were included words like "adobe123" and "Photoshop." 

"Seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing," says Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData.

 Here's the full list:

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

Slain added: "As always, we hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different passwords for different websites."

Splash data suggests using at least eight characters and a mix of non-sequential letters and numbers to build a strong password.

They suggest:"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?'"

It's also unwise to use the same username and password for multiple websites, so that if one is stolen, a hacker doesn't wind up with the keys to your entire kingdom.

If it all becomes too complicated, you can seek out a password manager, which will automatically create challenging passwords and then log you into a site.

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