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'123456,' 'qwerty,' 'starwars' among worst passwords for 2017

Frank Carnevale
| Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, 9:36 a.m.
In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles.
In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles.

Some people are still using simple numbers or words as passwords online. “123456,” “Password,” and “qwerty” are still among the top passwords used, though they are very, very weak.

SplashData, maker of password management software, released their 2017 list of the worst passwords . The above examples are in the top five along with “12345678” and “12345.”

The worst passwords don't change much year to year, but it's a reminder to update passwords and take notice of online privacy.

The list does have a few interesting, though still weak, choices including “letmein,” “football,” “iloveyou,“ “monkey” and “trustno1.” “Starwars” made the list - it's everywhere this year.

While it's easy to be lazy, it's better to be prudent as 2017 saw some of the biggest hacks of personal data, including Equifax's data breach , a hack of info on 57 million Uber drivers and riders , and news that 3 billion user accounts on Yahoo have been compromised .

To compile their list SplashData ran an analysis of 5 million leaked passwords.

Some tips on using stronger passwords:

* Use passwords at least eight characters with mixed types of characters.

* Use a passphrase rather than a password.

* Do not use the same username-password combination for multiple websites.

* Use a password manager.

* Use two-factor authentication whenever possible.

* Watch for any suspicious activity on your accounts.

Also avoid using personal terms that could be guessed or words based on popular culture.

“Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online,” SplashData's CEO Morgan Slain told , “because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words.”

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