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Alongside all of those celebrity deaths, 2016 was also notable for the amount of data breaches made public. These led to millions of people’s login credentials being leaked online. Which, as unfortunate as that may be, gives us an insight into the worst passwords you can use right now.

In the early days of the internet, passwords were seen as an impenetrable force against anyone accessing your accounts. But the technology employed by hackers 5 Must-See Documentaries About Hacking and Hackers 5 Must-See Documentaries About Hacking and Hackers What is hacking? Why is hacking simultaneously glamorous and nebulous? How much of the hacking community do we actually understand? Do hackers deserve their reputation? These documentaries will answer all of these questions and more. Read More quickly evolved to render most passwords absolutely useless. At this point you may as well just assume your data is accessible to all.

These days you either need to forge long passwords full of weird and wonderful combinations of characters, or use a password manager. However, most people do neither of those things, and instead stick with the same crappy password(s) they have used since they first ventured online.

The Worst Passwords of 2016

Keeper Security, makers of the popular Keeper password manager, has compiled a list of the most commonly used passwords involved in data breaches in 2016. These can be legitimately labelled as the worst passwords to use right now. Because hackers can crack each and every one of them.

  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. 18atckd2w
  16. 7777777
  17. 1q2w3e4r
  18. 654321
  19. 555555
  20. 3rjs1la7qe
  21. google
  22. 1q2w3e4r5t
  23. 123qwe
  24. zxcvbnm
  25. 1q2w3e

Many of these passwords have been popular for years, with some turning up in our list of the worst passwords in the world from 2015. They’re all short, and most are easy to remember thanks to adhering to a pattern on your keyboard. But each and every one of them is terrible.

Passwords Are a Thing of the Past

All of this strongly suggests that passwords are pointless. Unless, of course, you use a long, randomly generated string of characters with no discernible pattern. Unfortunately, unless you’re a Rain Man-like savant, you’ll never be able to remember such long and complicated passwords. Which is why password managers How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe Passwords that are hard to crack are also hard to remember. Want to be safe? You need a password manager. Here's how they work and how they keep you safe. Read More are becoming increasingly popular.

However, even password managers can only do so much. In the long run we need to move away from using passwords and forge a new, better solution. Which is where biometric security The History of Biometric Security, and How It's Being Used Today The History of Biometric Security, and How It's Being Used Today Biometric security devices were long held ideals in science fiction movies that seemed plausible enough to actually happen, but a little too far-fetched for real world application. Read More enters stage left. Biometrics aren’t perfect 6 Reasons Why Biometrics Are NOT the Way of the Future 6 Reasons Why Biometrics Are NOT the Way of the Future Biometrics have often been seen as the "future" of personal identification, but there are many reasons why that may never actually come to pass. Read More , but it’s one possible solution currently being considered.

Do you use any of the passwords on this list? If so, why? Do you have a bad memory? Or can you just not be bothered to change your passwords? How do you choose your passwords? How do you manage your passwords? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Munna Hossain
    May 8, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I use different free services. I also recommend IPVanish the best free VPN service. It ensures your online security.

  2. Roberto Roberts
    January 31, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    I use phone numbers and street addresses from my childhood
    using caps and symbols in an odd pattern in between the characters in unexpected places.
    --and change them often.

  3. Trevor
    January 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I use a nonexistent word, like "shiramostrolica" in combination with numbers and symbols. "ShiramOstrolica_1829". There - now this password is useless.

  4. Doris
    January 16, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    I use a odd name

  5. Richard M
    January 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    While the Govt forcing you to unlock your information is an issue with biometrics it is not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is what happens when your biometric info gets hacked? Both companies and the Govt have proven that they are unable to secure our info When a site gets hacked I can always change my password but I am stuck with my biometric information for life so if that gets out in the world I am completely screwed.

    Websites need to stop allowing these stupid easy passwords. It is not that hard to implement forced harder passwords and there are a lot of sites that do just that. Plus it goes without saying that they obviously need to encrypt and do a better job of securing them.

  6. Lyle
    January 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    "Biometrics aren't perfect, but it's one possible solution currently being considered."
    Yeah, moron, the law can force you to unlock your phone if you use that stupid biometric scanner. They can't with a passcode. I think I'll take my chances without biometrics.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Moron? Thank you so much for taking the time to call me a name.

      • Lyle
        January 16, 2017 at 4:56 pm

        You're quite welcome. You definitely earned it with this shuper shpecial article you wrote here, little feller!

        • GXGOW
          January 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm

          Well if you think you can do better, then show it. Namecalling is always easier than giving constructive criticism, of course... Have fun wallowing in self pity

      • Qwertyuiop
        January 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm

        MUO should have a report button for these situations...

        • Doctor0710
          January 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm

          Your name is a bad password

    • Ann
      January 17, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Please pay attention to your manners. Name calling is juvenile.
      You can disagree with an opinion without being offensive.

      • Lyle
        January 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm

        First of all, why would I listen to somebody telling my to mind my manners? I'm an adult, and I will speak as I wish. For another thing, I'm pretty sick of stupid "writers" who don't ever actually know what they're talking about, and basically every article on this site was written by a hack. Biometric scanners are not only exceedingly easy to spoof, there was also a recent court ruling that determined that law agencies can force you to unlock your phone for them if you're using your fingerprints. This guy has no business writing tech articles, and is, as I previously said, a damn moron. You can stop telling adults how to speak now.

    • Chad
      January 19, 2017 at 3:13 am

      Yes, but most people aren't worried about Law Enforcement forcing them to unlock their phones. Also, a solution to that is to turn off your phone, or incorrectly use the sensor to lock it to the point where it needs a pin again to unlock, then your police friends will be back needing your pin. And as the article points out, biometrics aren't perfect, but when so many people use 1234 for a pin, using biometrics and a password or better pin is clearly a better choice for them.

  7. Kristijan
    January 16, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Nevermind the previous comment, they mentioned it in the source. Sorry!

  8. Kristijan
    January 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    What's the secret behind 3rjs1la7qe? It looks random enough and isn't an obvious l33t version of something.

    • Hugh
      January 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      I thought the same thing - maybe because it's ultra hard to remember?

      • Kristijan
        January 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm

        It's explained in the source article, that one and the other random one are used by spambots that create thousands of accounts automatically. I read the source after posting here and couldn't find a way to delete my comment :)

    • Doctor0710
      January 16, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      Maybe spam bots?

    • Herb
      January 17, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      yes, couldn't figure this one out either ... it looks very random!