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Here is the latest list of passwords chosen by people to protect their
online accounts. However, it is still not that hard to guess.
The word "password" has been unseated as the most used - and therefore
the worst - password. It has been displaced by the equally easy to hack
"123456", suggesting that millions of online accounts remain insecure.
The research, by the web security company SplashData, is compiled from
files containing millions of stolen passwords that have been published
online, revealing those cracked most often by computer hackers in 2013.
Despite revelations that intelligence agencies use sophisticated
techniques to snoop on internet users, the study suggests that many people
make it remarkably easy to access their internet accounts. According to the
research, popular passwords include "qwerty", "abc123" and "letmein", as
well as strings such as "111111" and "12345678".
SplashData said that the annual list, which it has been compiling for the
past decade, was particularly influenced by a major security breach at
Adobe, the makers of Photoshop, last October. It emerged that almost two
million of the 130 million people affected by the hacking appeared to be
using the password "123456".
"Seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on this list offers a
good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or
application you are accessing," Morgan Slain, the chief executive of
How to Choose Your Passwords
Experts suggest that users should adopt a number of different passwords,
all of which should be made up of a random string of words, letters or
numbers. According to Trustwave, which advises on tackling cybercrime, 30
per cent of internet users re-use passwords across multiple
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