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Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2012

'Jesus,' 'ninja,' join 'password' as worst passwords of 2012The top worst passwords of 2012 has been released and ‘password’ still remains a popular choice among us.

There has been some new additions to the list, passwords such as ‘Jesus’, ‘ninja’, etc., have made it to the list. Looks like the secure password awareness campaign is working.

Apart from that there has been some changes within the list.

The info comes from SplashData, which makes password management applications. The company’s top 25 list of the “scariest” passwords was released with Halloween as a peg, but there’s no treats here for anyone, and possibly some nasty tricks.

The list was put together “from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers,” SplashData says. If you use any of the passwords on the list, you should change them immediately. Otherwise, users “of any of these passwords are most likely to be victims in future breaches,” the company says.

While “password,” “123456” and “12345678” remain the top three again from last year’s list, newcomers include “welcome, ” “jesus,” “ninja,” “mustang” and the brilliant “password1.”

Here’s the top 25 “Worst Passwords of 2012,” including their current ranking and any change from the 2011 list:

1.  password (Unchanged)
2,  123456 (Unchanged)
3.  12345678 (Unchanged)
4.  abc123 (up 1)
5.  qwerty (down 1)
6.  monkey (unchanged)
7.  letmein (up 1)
8.  dragon (up 2)
9.  111111 (up 3)
10. baseball (up 1)
11. iloveyou (up 2)
12. trustno1 (down 3)
13. 1234567 (down 6)
14. sunshine (up 1)
15. master (down 1)
16. 123123 (up 4)
17. welcome (new)
18. shadow (up 1)
19. ashley (down 3)
20. football (up 5)
21. jesus (new)
22. michael (up 2)
23. ninja  (new)
24. mustang (new)
25. password1 (new)

“At this time of year, people enjoy focusing on scary costumes, movies and decorations, but those who have been through it can tell you how terrifying it is to have your identity stolen because of a hacked password,” said Morgan Slain, SplashData CEO, in a statement.

“Even though each year hacking tools get more sophisticated, thieves still tend to prefer easy targets,” he said. “Just a little bit more effort in choosing better passwords will go a long way toward making you safer online.”

Well what these security experts need to know is with every site we visit asking us register whether or not we like it, we decide to use some stupid password just to get through. We believe thats what populated this list.

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