Stay clear of these 25 passwords

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Stay clear of these 25 passwords

That dreaded message that pops up at work or at home: “Your password has expired.”

Coming up with new secure passwords every few months is challenging.

But don’t rush. You can do better than “123456.”

SplashData, a leading provider of password management applications for more than 15 years, released in January its annual Worst Passwords list for 2015. The fifth annual report is compiled from more than 2 million leaked passwords during the year.

Topping the list at No. 1 and No. 2 — for the second straight year — are “123456” and “password.”

Here is the full list:

  1. 123456 (unchanged from 2014)
  2. password (unchanged)
  3. 12345678 (Up 1)
  4. qwerty (Up 1)
  5. 12345 (Down 2)
  6. 123456789 (Unchanged)
  7. football (Up 3)
  8. 1234 (Down 1)
  9. 1234567 (Up 2)
  10. baseball (Down 2)
  11. welcome (New)
  12. 1234567890 (New)
  13. abc123 (Up 1)
  14. 111111 (Up 1)
  15. 1qaz2wsx (New)
  16. dragon (Down 7)
  17. master (Up 2)
  18. monkey (Down 6)
  19. letmein (Down 6)
  20. login (New)
  21. princess (New)
  22. qwertyuiop (New)
  23. solo (New)
  24. passw0rd (New)
  25. starwars (New)

Do you see your password on this list? SplashData offers three simple ways to improve your future passwords:

  • Use a password manager such as SplashID to organize and protect passwords, generate random passwords, and automatically log into websites.
  • Avoid using the same password over and over again on different websites.
  • Use passwords or passphrases of twelve characters or more with mixed types of characters.

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