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Make a Resolution to Change Your Passwords

By Jay Polansky editors@plansponsor.com | December 31, 2012
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December 31, 2012 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Here's a New Year’s resolution to add to your list – make better passwords.

Many people continue to put themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords, according to SplashData, which recently released its annual “25 Worst Passwords of the Year” list.

The top three passwords, "password," "123456," and "12345678," remain unchanged from last year's list.

The worst passwords with their 2012 ranking compared to 2011 are:

1. password (Unchanged)
2. 123456 (Unchanged)
3. 12345678 (Unchanged)
4. abc123 (Up 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. monkey (Unchanged)
7. letmein (Up 1)
8. dragon (Up 2)
9. 111111 (Up 3)
10. baseball (Up 1)
11. iloveyou (Up 2)
12. trustno1 (Down 3)
13. 1234567 (Down 6)
14. sunshine (Up 1)
15. master (Down 1)
16. 123123 (Up 4)
17. welcome (New)
18. shadow (Up 1)
19. ashley (Down 3)
20. football (Up 5)
21. jesus (New)
22. michael (Up 2)
23. ninja (New)
24. mustang (New)
25. password1 (New)