No secret to many of our passwords

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We’re always told not to use familiar words, sequences of numbers or our children’s names for computer passwords. Apparently many of us don’t listen.

“123456” topped SpashData‘s list of most common passwords in 2013. “Password” fell to second place.

SplashData says the list was influenced by the large number of passwords from Adobe users posted online by security consulting firm Stricture Consulting Group after Adobe’s well-publicized security breach.

“Seeing passwords like ‘adobe123’ and ‘photoshop’ on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing,” SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said.

Here are SplashData’s top 10 passwords:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. 123456789
  7. 111111
  8. 1234567
  9. iloveyou
  10. adobe123

SplashData, a provider of the SplashID Safe line of password management applications, tips for better passwords include using a combination of letters and numbers and at least one uppercase character; using different passwords for different sites; and avoiding easily guessed passwords like Jen123.

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