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If your password is on this list, you need to change it immediately

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Alex Thomas Salder

Despite all the warnings and horror stories about fraud and identity theft, many people ignore the risks associated with using words like “password” as their password — usually with the underlying thought: Why would someone want to steal my password?”

Well, when it comes to scammers and thieves, you are no different than the next person.

Reminder: Using a popular password is extremely dangerous

Scammers are looking for any information they can get from you — and a new report from security firm Keeper reveals just how insecure many people’s accounts really are.

After analyzing 10 million leaked passwords, the study found that 17% of people are using “123456” to secure their accounts — which, of course, is about as far from secure as you can get.

A few other alarming trends:

4 of the top 10 passwords are 6 characters or shorter.
Many users are using passwords like “1q2w3e4r” and “123qwe” — combinations that “dictionary-based password crackers” can hack in just a few seconds.
“1234567,” “12345678,” “qwerty,” and “111111” also made the list.

The analysis found that more than 50% of people are using the top 25 most common passwords.

Bottom line: If your passwords include any of the words below, in any combination, it’s time to change them!

Top 25 most common passwords

1. 123456
2. 123456789
3. qwerty
4. 12345678
5. 111111
6. 1234567890
7. 1234567
8. password
9. 123123
10. 987654321
11. qwertyuiop
12. mynoob
13. 123321
14. 666666
15. 18atcskd2w
16. 7777777
17. 1q2w3e4r
18. 654321
19. 555555
20. 3rjs1la7qe
21. google
22. 1q2w3e4r5t
23. 123qwe
24. zxcvbnm
25. 1q2w3e

If your password is on this list, it’s time to change it

A report released last year by SplashData revealed similar results regarding just how susceptible people are to hackers.

The “worst” passwords list combined compilations of passwords that were leaked during 2015, in order to find the most popular and widely-used security phrases.

So, again, this means if any of your passwords are on this list, you’re making it a whole lot easier for thieves to guess their way into your accounts.

Worst passwords

1. 123456

2. password 

3. 12345678 

4. qwerty 

5. 12345 

6. 123456789 

7. football 

8. 1234 

9. 1234567 

10. baseball 

11. welcome

12. 1234567890

13. abc123 

14. 111111 

15. 1qaz2wsx

16. dragon 

17. master 

18. monkey 

19. letmein 

20. login

21. princess 

22. qwertyuiop 

23. solo 

24. passw0rd 

25. starwars 

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