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The 20 most hackable passwords: Did yours make the list?

The most popular password, once again, was '123456.' [Pixabay]
Published Apr. 23

While the world constantly evolves, there's one constant we can always count on:

The worst password you can possibly choose is still "123456."

The year-after-year winner was followed by "123456789" as the world's most hackable passwords, according to to the U.K. government's National Cyber Security Center, which released the results of a survey on Sunday.

Among the other worst passwords were sports teams, such as Manchester United (manunited) and the Cowboys (cowboys1), as well as names, especially Daniel, Jessica and Charlie, the report showed.

Even more common, though, were these passwords, ranked from worst to 20th on the number of times they were breached.

1. 123456 (23.2m)

2. 123456789 (7.7m)

3. qwerty (3.8m)

4. password (3.6m)

5. 1111111 (3.1m)

6. 12345678 (2.9m)

7. abc123 (2.8m)

8. 1234567 (2.5m)

9. password1 (2.4m)

10. 12345 (2.3m)

11. 1234567890 (2.2m)

12. 123123 (2.2 m)

13. 000000 (1.9m)

14. Iloveyou (1.6m)

15. 1234 (1.3m)

16. 1q2w3e4r5t (1.2m)

17. Qwertyuiop (1.1m)

18. 123 (1.02m)

19. Monkey (980, 209)

20. Dragon (968,625)

The organization released in a statement tips for making your password unique and less likely to be guessed by hackers.

"Password re-use is a major risk that can be avoided -- nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favorite band," Ian Levy, NCSC Technical Director, said."Using hard-to-guess passwords is a strong first step and we recommend combining three random but memorable words. Be creative and use words memorable to you, so people can't guess your password," he added.

So, did your password make the top 20? Is your password your name or favorite sports team? If so, it probably won't hurt to go and change it.

Contact Josh Fiallo at jfiallo@tampabay.com. Follow @ByJoshFiallo.

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