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The 25 Worst Passwords of 2014: Is Yours on the List?

Posted: Updated: - SplashData released its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet – consequently, making them the "worst passwords" to use, putting one at risk of hacking and identity theft.

In the fourth annual report, compiled of more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year, “123456” and “password” still hold the top two spots that they've held since the list first started in 2011. “Qwerty,” “dragon,” and “football" also made the top 10 list.

"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."

Without further ado, here are the “Worst Passwords of 2014:”

1. 123456 (Unchanged from 2013)
2. password (Unchanged)
3. 12345 (Up 17)
4. 12345678 (Down 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. 1234567890 (Unchanged)
7. 1234 (Up 9)
8. baseball (New)
9. dragon (New)
10. football (New)
11. 1234567 (Down 4)
12. monkey (Up 5)
13. letmein (Up 1)
14. abc123 (Down 9)
15. 111111 (Down 8)
16. mustang (New)
17. access (New)
18. shadow (Unchanged)
19. master (New)
20. michael (New)
21. superman (New)
22. 696969 (New)
23. 123123 (Down 12)
24. batman (New)
25. trustno1 (Down 1)

If your password made the list, never fear! Here are three simple tips from SplashData to be safer from hackers online:

1. Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters.
2. Avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites.
3. Use a password manager to organize and protect passwords, generate random passwords, and automatically log into websites.