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Trustno1: If your password is on this list, change it now

SplashData has released its annual list of the 25 worst Internet passwords. And it’s not hard to guess the number one worst password: “123456.”
SplashData has released its annual list of the 25 worst Internet passwords. And it’s not hard to guess the number one worst password: “123456.”
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Many of us are guilty of it: Making ridiculously oversimplified passwords to make our lives easier.

Internet security services company SplashData has released its annual list of the 25 worst Internet passwords. And it’s not hard to guess the worst password: “123456.”

Below is the list of the 25 worst Internet passwords for 2014.

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

Although it can make our lives a bit more difficult, it's best to have better passwords than those listed above. 

Below are some tips from Microsoft you can use to make your passwords more secure: 

In addition to making a strong password, if you write down your passwords, be sure to keep them in safe places where it is unlikely others will have access. For example, you shouldn't leave notes with your passwords on your desk.

If you decide to keep your passwords in a file on your computer, Google suggests creating a unique name for the file so people wouldn't guess your password information would be inside. Don't name your file something obvious — like "my passwords."

If you'd rather not write down your passwords but have a difficult time remembering them, there are services like LastPass and 1Password that remember your passwords for you. 1Password can also generate long lines of alphanumeric nonsense you can use to authenticate yourself online. However, before using such services, be sure to find one you trust by reading reviews and knowing the company's reputation.