Exactly how many hacks do people have to hear about before they start using strong passwords? The multitude of consumer company hacks and the Sony hack late last year did little to dent people’s resolve to use easy passwords.

A list compiled by SplashData from 3.3 million passwords leaked in 2014 points to people hitting the easy button when it comes to securing online data. If you are involved in online security, this is either depressing or extremely good for business. Probably a bit of both.

Strings of numbers running from left to right are the the most popular. Common words like favorite sport and birth years still make the list.

All of this makes the easiest hacking tool still widely used. With people using simple number strings or phrases, brute-force attacks still remain the go-to attack. With the masses leaving it wide-open, why change tactics?

The top 25 will leave you shaking your head in disbelief. And there’s always number 25 – trustno1. Yeah, that’s exactly what your credit card statements will read after the darknet is done with you.

1. 123456 (Unchanged from 2013)
2. password (Unchanged)
3. 12345 (Up 17)
4. 12345678 (Down 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. 1234567890 (Unchanged)
7. 1234 (Up 9)
8. baseball (New)
9. dragon (New)
10. football (New)
11. 1234567 (Down 4)
12. monkey (Up 5)
13. letmein (Up 1)
14. abc123 (Down 9)
15. 111111 (Down 8)
16. mustang (New)
17. access (New)
18. shadow (Unchanged)
19. master (New)
20. michael (New)
21. superman (New)
22. 696969 (New)
23. 123123 (Down 12)
24. batman (New)
25. trustno1 (Down 1)

There is a caveat to the top list. SplashData only pulled from North America and Western Europe, stripping out other regions that may have skewed the results. It was a smart move to present the data into an easy-to-digest list of popular, weak passwords.

If you are one of the guilty using the above passwords, change them today. You are tempting fate when you use a password like this. There are strong password generators across the Internet. Use LastPass. Secure your WiFi. All things you can do with relative ease.

Or, you can get your identity stolen and spend a few days on hold with a variety of banks and credit card issuers. Which do you prefer?

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