SplashData  has released its annual Worst Passwords list compiled from most commonly used passwords:

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

 

Some like password and 123456 are seen year in and year out but I didn’t think “monkey” would be a popular password.  Try to use both lower and upper case letters plus numbers and symbols in your password. Especially important is to use a different password for each site. That way if a hacker gets access to your password on a model railroading site, they don’t immediately have your banking password also!   Short sentences can help you type your password faster but you will still need to keep track of each password for each site.  Something like “State*ties*UNC$99to99!” could be a good password.

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