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Top 25 stolen passwords for 2011 announced

LOS GATOS, Calif. (1/6/12)--What was the most stolen online password of 2011? "Password." Computer users who think switching the "o" to a zero to make it "passw0rd" didn't fare much better. Both are on the list of the 25 most common passwords used on the Internet this year, according to SplashData, a provider of password management applications.
 
Other common passwords include simple numerical choices like "123456," common names like "Ashley" and "michael," and patterns based on the layout of the keyboard like "qwerty" and "qazwsx."
 
According to SplashData, the most common passwords on the Web are:
  1. Password;
  2. 123456;
  3. 12345678;
  4. Qwerty;
  5. abc123;
  1. monkey;
  2. 1234567;
  3. letmein;
  4. trustno1;
  5. dragon;
  1. baseball;
  2. 111111;
  3. iloveyou;
  4. master;
  5. sunshine;
  1. ashley;
  2. bailey;
  3. passw0rd;
  4. shadow;
  5. 123123;
  1. 654321;
  2. superman;
  3. qazwsx;
  4. michael; and
  5. football.
SplashData suggests making passwords more secure with these tips:
 
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