Worst Passwords of 2017 Revealed: How Does Yours Rank?

Hacker using laptop. Lots of digits on the computer screen.Oh, how the Internet's changed!

Long gone are the days of a neutrally-accesible net.  As are the days of password-free WIFI networks. 

The Internet nowadays is structured, but decidedly insecure.  

In spite of this, we try to do what we can when it comes to Internet security - and the password is one of the first lines of defense.

There's a plethora of solid tips for building a strong password:  use a phrase combined with numbers and/or special characters, throw in a foreign word, etc. 

Keep it unique.  Keep it secret.  Keep it safe.

But we aren't all creative, uber password generators, and a new study reveals just how true this is.

SplashData, a password management applications provider, has revealed its 25 most-commonly used options people chose to secure their computer this year. 

The list was created by analyzing more than five million passwords leaked during various data breaches in 2017:

Here's the top 20!  Suffice to say, if any of these look familiar....change your password immediately!

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. letmein
  8. 1234567
  9. football
  10. iloveyou
  11. admin
  12. welcome
  13. monkey
  14. login
  15. abc123
  16. starwars
  17. 123123
  18. dragon
  19. passw0rd
  20. master

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