Worst Passwords of 2012

According to SplashData, here are the Worst Passwords of 2012:

1.password
2.123456
3.12345678
4.abc123
5.qwerty
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
The list was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. The company advises consumers or businesses using any of the passwords on the list to change them immediately.

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

What makes a password strong and secure? Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters. One way to create longer, more secure passwords that are easy to remember is to use short words with spaces or other characters separating them. For example, “eat cake at 8!” or “car_park_city?”

You should also avoid using the same username/password combination for multiple websites. Especially risky is using the same password for entertainment sites that you do for online email, social networking, and financial services. Use different passwords for each new website or service you sign up for.