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Change Your Password, Seriously…

If you’re like me, 1) you’d be significantly less cooler than you are now, and 2) every single one of your passwords would be significantly easy; the ones you can actually remember, anyway.

While some are probably intelligent enough to actually secure their online assets, most are still using incredibly easy-to-guess passwords such as, “123456,” thinking, what could possible go wrong? According to a new study, that is still the most popular password in the world. Which, to me, is absolutely hilarious.

The analysis of 10 million leaked passwords conducted by security firm Keeper, reveals that the most common passwords of last year are the exact opposite of “strong” and “unique.” Joining 123456 on the list are its chronological pals “1234567” and “12345678,” as well as “qwerty,” and “111111”.

Keeper says that more than 50% of people use the top 25 most common passwords, with almost one in five of those users having “123456” as their password.

Here is the full list produced by Keeper. If your password can be found anywhere on it, please…seriously, please…change it.

1. 123456
2. 123456789
3. qwerty
4. 12345678
5. 111111
6. 1234567890
7. 1234567
8. password
9. 123123
10. 987654321
11. qwertyuiop
12. mynoob
13. 123321
14. 666666
15. 18atcskd2w
16. 7777777
17. 1q2w3e4r
18. 654321
19. 555555
20. 3rjs1la7qe
21. google
22. 1q2w3e4r5t
23. 123qwe
24. zxcvbnm
25. 1q2w3e

This is similar to a study completed last year by another security firm, which also found that 123456 was the top password out there. For your own safety, people! Please! Change your password for the better. Use 12 characters or more, mix said characters up a bit, punctuate throughout, throw in a number, and avoid using the same password on different websites. It may be a slight inconvenience now, but just think of the hassle you’ll save yourself when your identity isn’t stolen.

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