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Top 25 Passwords to Avoid

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So you have a ton of passwords to remember, I get it.  You don’t really want to change a thing, but, with identity theft and personal information being stolen all the time, don’t you think it’s time to come up with a few secure passwords?  To help you out here’s is a list, courtesy of SplashData of the 25 worst passwords of the year, compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers.

Here’s the top 10 list, with changes in ranking from last year’s list:
1. password (unchanged)
2. 123456 (unchanged)
3. 12345678 (unchanged)
4. abc123 (up 1)
5. qwerty (down 1)
6. monkey (unchanged)
7. letmein (up 1)
8. dragon (up 2)
9. 111111 (up 3)
10. baseball (up 1)

If you want to create a secure password, wikihow.com has a few suggestions:
1. Make a compound word
2. Focus on things you like
3. Take a word or phrase and remove the vowels from it
4. Replace vowels with numbers
5. Connect the first letters of a sentence

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