Pretty Popular Passwords

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Is your password:

  • 12345
  • password
  • secret
  • iloveyou
  • welcome
  • qwerty
  • or starwars?

Congratulations, you have company! Almost 10% of people use these and similar bad passwords, according to research based on actual leaked passwords.  The bad news: hackers are well aware of such widely used passwords too. They have been compiling them in lists such as the Rockyou wordlist. No matter how good your encryption is, if you’re using a password on this list: change it now! It won’t take a hacker more than minutes to get into your account, simply by trying all potential passwords from the list, one at a time.

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