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A study reveals the 25 most common passwords of 2011:

1. password
2. 123456
3.12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football

I remember when I first started making accounts on the internet about 13 years ago, thinking I was really smart for having "password" as my password and thinking nobody would ever guess that.

My most common password is now five random letters (not spelling a word) followed by three non-consecutive numbers. I could make it more secure by using a combination of upper and lowercase, and adding a symbol where possible, but I don't think it's necessary.

Is anyone going to confess to using one on that list? How secure are your common password?
 

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I'm going to have to tell my older brother to change one of his passwords. I thought it was a little obvious but am still sort of surprised to see it (not quite but close) make the list.

I don't have any passwords that are a bunch of random numbers and/or letters, (they are a combination of words and numbers bother lower and upper case though) so I guess they're not as secure as they could be. I'm still pretty confident that no one would guess them though. I have been thinking about changing my main one.

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4. qwerty
23. qazwsx
I was going to ask what's with these two, but I just noticed those letters are all grouped together on the keyboard. Pretty lazy.
 

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The passwords we use at work are terrible. We have 15 sites. Half of them use "true", some use "password", most of the others are identical to the usernames (which are obvious) and the two that contain numbers are substitutions were i is 1 and o is 0. I'm very surprised we aren't hacked frequently.
 

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at work mine has to be changed every 6 weeks and cant be the same as any before or similar (so you cant just go from monkey1 to monkey2). so usually i say "someone shout a random word!" and itll be whatever they say. then i will leet it and add a !1 to the end such as "coke can" = !C0k3c4n!1 (usually it ends up being food)

if i did it completely random i'd forget it >.>

anyone who has thier password as password deserves to have their **** taken ha
 

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It's weird that "monkey" is so high up on the list.
I know.
Bailey seems quite random too, unless that is a famous person that I don't know about.

I use the same password for everything but I don't think people could guess it as it isn't a real word.
 

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That's exactly what happened to me on neopets when I was about 12. At that point it was the worst day of my life
Sucks it happened, but better than learning that lesson when doing online banking! Its more the adults that deserve it.

is it me or is it only recently that websites force you to have secure passwords?
 

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Yay, mine isn't on there!
 

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At one time I made passwords more complex, and even putting things with them so it's valid only per a certain site.... I ended up forgetting like 90% of them. Right now I probably have over 100 sites and passwords--there is no way I could remember them all without a "hack one, have the others with some effort" type of thing.

Although even my simple password is not "easy" in some respects, even though it's "easy" in others. When I have to have a secure password, I had a habit of not only not reusing a character (number/letter/etc) I wouldn't even use the same KEY on the keyboard (so Alphabet8* would not be allowed, as it re-uses the "a" and "8" keys) and would be 16 characters long. Where I am now, passwords are even handed out or known by others (except mine) and to remember mine I just add a number at the end. For example, my password is now like 39316921201, the next password change will make it 393169212012, then 3931692120123 and so on (we have to enter this up to a few hundred times a day!). My password for the corporate HR thing to view information they have on me is "company name" followed by a number. At one time it was CN1234567890123456789012345678901234567890, their system is screwed up--it causes me to reset my password every time I login (no matter how much time passes). I once logged out and forgot to check something and logged in not even 10 seconds later and my password had expired.
 
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