You must not care about online privacy if you use any of these passwords


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s a new list of “Worst Passwords”, released in 2015 by SplashData, which says using these character combinations will easily expose users to hacking and identity theft.

The uncreative “123456” and “password” continue to hold the two top spots, where they’ve remained in spite of warnings since 2011.

“The bad news from my research is that this year’s most commonly used passwords are pretty consistent with prior years,” said Mark Burnett, online security expert and author of “Perfect Passwords”. “The good news is that it appears that more people are moving away from using these passwords. In 2014, the top 25 passwords represented about 2.2% of passwords exposed. While still frightening, that’s the lowest percentage of people using the most common passwords I have seen in recent studies.”

Here are the 15 worst passwords you can use.  If any of these are yours, experts recommend you change them now.

  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)

For the complete list of 25, click here.



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