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Avoid These — the Very Worst Passwords of the Year

In this case, the most popular really is the worst.

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YOU NEED to remember them. You need them a lot of places. And you need them on a lot of different devices.

People’s most common solution for “the password problem”? Repeatedly using the first (usually super-simple) password they ever thought of, over and over again, on dozens or even hundreds of websites. Result? A disaster that will inevitably (if you don’t change your ways, we guarantee it) result in you experiencing information loss, financial loss, and/or public embarrassment.

(Our solution: password management software like this (free) or this.)

Do it soon. And, if you happen to be using one of the 25 “worst” (a/k/a “most popular”) passwords of the year, as reported recently by Splash Data, do it right this second.

The worst password of the year? Trumpet fanfare, please …

  1. password

2. 123456

3. 12345678

4. abc123

5. querty

6. monkey

7. letmein

8. dragon

9. 111111

10. baseball

11. iloveyou

12. trustno1

13. 1234567

14. sunshine

15. master

16. 123123

17. welcome

18. shadow

19. ashley

20. football

21. jesus

22. michael

23. ninja

24. mustang

25. password1

David Squires is the Group Editorial Director of SmartWork Media. He believes that the first role of business media is to inspire readers.

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