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25 worst passwords of 2013: Is yours on the list?

Tuesday - 1/21/2014, 4:18am  ET

password (thinkstock)
Is your password on this year's list of 25 worst? (Thinkstock)

WASHINGTON - A list of 25 worst passwords of 2013 suggests computer users remain more concerned with remembering their passwords than making them tough for crooks to infiltrate.

For the first time since SplashData began compiling its annual list of worst passwords, "password" has been unseated as the most commonly used password.

Topping this year's list of easy-to-figure-out passwords is "123456."

After Adobe's massive security breach, security consulting firm Stricture Group released its list of top 100 passwords used with Adobe software.

"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," says Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData.

Here is the list of 25 worst passwords of 2013, and their ranking change since 2012:

  
1123456Up 1
2passwordDown 1
312345678Unchanged
4qwertyUp 1
5abc123Down 1
6123456789New
7111111Up 2
81234567Up 5
9iloveyouUp 2
10adobe123New
11123123Up 5
12sunshineUp 2
131234567890New
14letmeinDown 7
15photoshopNew
161234New
17monkeyDown 11
18shadowUnchanged
19sunshineDown 5
2012345New
21password1Up 4
22princessNew
23azertyNew
24trustno1Down 12
25(six zeroes)New

How to create better passwords

SplashData suggests using passwords with eight characters or more, combining letters, numbers, and symbols.

Passphrases - short words with spaces or other characters separating them - are secure, yet easier to remember than random combinations of characters, numbers, and letters.

Avoid using the same username/password combinations when possible.

Especially risky is using the same password for entertainment sites and online email, social networking and financial services sites, according to SplashData.

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