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2016 was a pretty big year for high-profile data breaches. However, it doesn't look like it was made particularly difficult for the hackers if you take a glance at this run down of the year's most widely used hacked passwords.

Cybersecurity firm Keeper has released a new study into the most common passwords of 2016. Be prepared for despair,  disappointment, and facepalming. Their team sifted through the 10 million passwords that became public after cyber security breaches over the past year.

From their findings, they discovered the most common password was “123456,” which accounted for almost 17 percent of the hacked accounts. Yup, 17 percent. This was also the top password for 2015 and 2014. Does nobody learn?

Following that was “123456789” and the ever-so-slightly more inventive (it's not, we're trying to make you feel good) “qwerty.” In fact, all except a couple of the passwords were made up of simple patterns on the keyboard.

Two strange passwords you might have noticed are “3rjs1la7qe” and “18atcskd2w.” According to Security Researcher Graham Cluley, it’s most likely this password is created by a bot that was used to post spam. Another notable anomaly was “mynoob,” which could only be the work of humans.

Although, it’s funny to laugh at the poor choice of  passwords, Keeper concluded its report by saying that the real  responsibility should be with website owners. It argues that mass-breaches could be dampened if websites simply enforce password complexity policies that make it mandatory to put numbers, symbols, capitals, etc into a password.

Here’s how the top 25 passwords of 2016 look, in order of most popular to least. If you spot yours, change it. Change it now.
   1. 123456
   2. 123456789
   3. qwerty
   4. 12345678
   5. 111111
   6. 1234567890
   7. 1234567
   8. password
   9. 123123
   10. 987654321
   11. qwertyuiop
   12. mynoob
   13. 123321
   14. 666666
   15. 18atcskd2w
   16. 7777777
   17. 1q2w3e4r
   18. 654321
   19. 555555
   20. 3rjs1la7qe
   21. google
   22. 1q2w3e4r5t
   23. 123qwe
   24. zxcvbnm
   25. 1q2w3e
Interesting password number 17.

I'm glad "incorrect" is not of the list so I don't have to change my password.                                       

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I've always liked this as the best way to explain to people how to build passwords. I despise every sites rule with the variation of '1 upper/lower and or 1 number and or 1 symbol', a million variations of the same passwords.

Amazing how lazy people still are regarding passwords in this day and age.

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