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The most common passwords have been revealed and we're all in trouble

By Ally Parker June 12, 2018

Yikes!

Passwords can be a bit much.

Between Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, email and a host of other websites in between, remember a different jumble of letters for each can be tough to keep track of. We get it.

But holy moley if you were taking a shortcut with '123456' or similar, you better run to switch it up 'cause it's literally the most commonly used - and guessed - password out there.

Website 'Have I Been Pwned' is able to track all data breaches associated with passwords and lucky for us (and maybe you) have compiled the top 100 passwords commonly running into foul play.

So, if you have any of these, better take some steps (see more below) to get everything ship shape.

Most common passwords:

123456

123,456,789

qwerty

password

111111

12,345,678

abc123

password1

1234567

12,345

1234567890

123,123

0

iloveyou

1234

1q2w3e4r5t

qwertyuiop

123

monkey

123456a

dragon

123,321

654321

666,666

homelesspa

1qaz2wsx

myspace1

121,212

123qwe

a123456

1q2w3e4r

123abc

qwe123

7,777,777

target123

tinkle

1g2w3e4r

gwerty

zag12wsx

gwerty123

qwerty123

qwerty1

222222

zxcvbnm

987654321

555,555

fuckyou

asdfghjkl

112233

1q2w3e

123123123

qazwsx

computer

12345a

princess

159,753

1234qwer

michael

iloveyou1

football

sunshine

789,456,123

fuckyou1

aaaaaa

passer2009

ashley

11111

princess1

777777

123,654

11111111

daniel

999999

asdfgh

888888

football1

abcd1234

love

12qwaszx

love123

monkey1

jordan23

asdf

a12345

123456789a

shadow

azerty

jessica

superman

FQRG7CS493

samsung

linkedin

asd123

88,888,888

charlie

baseball

michael1

master

jesus1

babygirl1

The website defines "pwned passwords" as "half a billion real world passwords previously exposed in data breaches." They go on to explain that this exposure makes them unsuitable for ongoing use as they're at much greater risk of being used to take over other accounts.

So, is yours at risk?

Lifehacker advise passwords be 1) as long as possible 2) unique to each website 3) complicated and 4) held within secure password managers like LastPass.

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