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The 25 most popular passwords for 2012

4:37 PM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- If you're counting on Jesus or Ninja or Dragon to protect your data, by way of your password, you may be out of luck.

The new list of popular passwords compiled by SplashData looks at passwords both online and on gaming systems like XBox Live or the Playstation Store. The most common password out there is -- get this -- "password".

Other popular passwords are equally obvious, and include things like "qwerty" -- which are the six keys across the top row of your keyboard starting at the upper left.

Some common names (i.e., Michael and Ashley) made the list. "Dragon", "Ninja", "Jesus", and "ILoveYou" made the list as well.

In order, the most common passwords for 2012 are:

  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

If you're using one of these passwords, the best advice is to get rid of it and change it out right away. Hackers look to lists like these as first choices when they start trying to pick away at your password.

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