Earlier this year, we covered what are the most common passwords people use – and why you should not use them. We can now reveal, courtesy of The Independent, the final list of most used passwords in 2017. If you use any these passwords, change it immediately or you risk being hacked! Password security cannot be taken for granted.

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The worst passwords of 2017

In first place, for the fifth-year running is “123456”. In second place, for the fourth year is “password”. Variants of these make up a further six places in the top 25.

The report was again compiled by SplashDate, who said: “Useing any of the passwords on this list would put users at grave risk of identity theft.

It is estimated that about one in ten people use (or have used) at least one of the 25 worst passwords – with 3% using what is described as the absolute worst password of all – 123456.

Using Poor Passwords Puts Your Data at Risk

The last year has been devastating for data security, with a number ofhacks, ransomware attacks and extortion attempts. Millions of records have been stolen from some massive companies.

We recommend using passwords of at least 12 characters in length, and mixing up different character types, upper and lowercase letters and numbers. You should use a different password for each different login, and consider a password manager program if it is tough for you to remember multiple logins.

The 25 worst passwords of the year are:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. letmein
  8. 1234567
  9. football
  10. iloveyou
  11. admin
  12. welcome
  13. monkey
  14. login
  15. abc123
  16. starwars
  17. 123123
  18. dragon
  19. passw0rd
  20. master
  21. hello
  22. freedom
  23. whatever
  24. qazwsx
  25. trustno1

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