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If You Use Any of These 10 Dangerous Passwords, You’re Crazy!

There’s a new list of dangerous passwords that you should review: if you’re using any of them, it’s definitely time to change!

For years, we’ve been hearing about horrible passwords people insist on using that leave their data vulnerable to anyone with half a brain, especially if that person is a really good guesser when it comes to the blatantly obvious.

This time last year, I brought you a list of 2015’s worst passwords. Here, then, are the top 10 worst passwords from this past year:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. qwerty
  4. 12345678
  5. 111111
  6. 1234567890
  7. 1234567
  8. password
  9. 123123
  10. 987654321

You can see the top 25 at Business Insider here.

There are a lot more numeric passwords on this year’s list compared with last year’s. Last year, there were only six all-numeric passwords on the list. The first one, 123456, was also the worst offender last year. But password was in second place last year, and it’s dropped to eighth place, so maybe someone finally figured out that isn’t a good idea.

Still, with all of those numeric passwords — most of them just exercises in how many digits we’re willing to go with — people with dangerous passwords don’t seem particularly concerned with protecting their data.

Experts say your best bet is to use longer passwords and even use a password management system like LastPass if necessary. Some of those apps will generate random passwords for you. The catch is that those “random” passwords are impossible to remember because they make absolutely no sense, so you then have to rely on the password management app to be able to get back in. The good news about that, however, is that in that case, you’d only have to remember the password to your password management app and then you’ll be fine.

Be honest: After checking out that list, how many passwords do you need to change right away?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.