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Are there passwords I should NEVER use?

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Sophos, the company that provides HSU with virus protection software, recently analyzed a series of security breaches to determine the most common passwords (all of which, and more, were stolen in the breach). Here are just the top 20 most frequently used:

123456
password
12345678
lifehack
qwerty
abc123
1111111
monkey
consumer
12345
0
letmein
trustno1
dragon
1234567
baseball
superman
iloveyou
gizmodo
sunshine
 
You can see the complete list on Sophos' web site.

And it's not just the headline-grabbing data breaches that put passwords in the hands of the bad guys. Malware like the infamous Conficker worm actually had lists of commonly-used passwords built into them - and have used them to try to spread further.

Whenever hackers see the same password used in multiple places, they add them to their dictionaries. So if you use any of these passwords, or ones like them, change them NOW.

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