Despite near-constant news of high-profile hacks, and the omnipresent threat of identify theft, millions of people around the world persist in using terrible passwords. SplashData just released its annual list of the 25 most common passwords (a list it compiled from 3.3 million leaked passwords over the course of 2014), and the results are depressing, to say the least:
7. 1234 (Up 9)
Not only are most of these passwords beyond obvious, but people keep relying on them to guard vital information: For the second year in a row, “123456” topped as the most popular password, while “password” continued its reign at second.
No, passwords aren’t going anywhere soon, despite advances in biometrics. Yes, it’s a pain to make your passwords as long and complex as possible, sprinkled throughout with numbers and special characters—but the aggravation of crafting difficult-to-crack passwords is far outweighed by the trouble associated with having your online accounts hacked.
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