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If your password is on this list, change it immediately. 

If you thought myspace1 was both a highly original and also secure password, you may have a problem.

Not least because you’re living in 2005 and WHY HAVE YOU NOT CHANGED YOUR PASSWORD SINCE THE DAYS OF MYSPACE. But also because according to research from HaveIBeenPwned.com, which has obtained more than half a billion passwords previously exposed in data breaches, myspace1 is the 27th most common password – identified more than 700,000 times.

This research, collated by HaveIBeenPwned.com and decoded by the ABCdemonstrates the passwords we should definitely not be using, given their repeated exposure by hackers. If yours is on the list, you should change it. Immediately.

1: 123456
2: 123456789
3: qwerty
4: password
5: 111111
6: 12345678
7: abc123
8: password1
9: 1234567
10: 12345
11: 1234567890
12: 123123
13: 000000
14: iloveyou
15: 1234
16: 1q2w3e4r5t
17: qwertyuiop
18: 123
19: monkey
20: 123456a
21: dragon
22: 123321
23: 654321
24: 666666
25: homelesspa
26: 1qaz2wsx
27: myspace1
28: 121212
29: 123qwe
30: a123456
31: 1q2w3e4r
32: 123abc
33: qwe123
34: 7777777
35: target123
36: tinkle
37: 1g2w3e4r
38: gwerty
39: zag12wsx
40: gwerty123
41: qwerty123
42: qwerty1
43: 222222
44: zxcvbnm
45: 987654321
46: 555555
47: fuckyou
48: asdfghjkl
49: 112233
50: 1q2w3e

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Other common passwords, identified over 300,000 times, include love, football, football1, daniel, ashley, and computer.

What makes data breaches particularly dangerous is that most of us use the same password across a number of websites and apps. Therefore, security experts, like Troy Hunt – the creator of HaveIBeenPwned.com – suggest using apps like 1Password or LastPass to save multiple unique passwords, accessible by one master password.

You can see whether your password has been exposed in a data breach here, and whether your email address has been compromised here.

Just… please don’t use 123456 as your password for anything. Please.

You might think you’re being clever. But so do literally 20 million others.

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