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09/12/2013 11:21 GMT | Updated 08/02/2014 10:59 GMT

Most Common Password List Shows Shocking Lack Of Imagination Of Computer Users

In a shocking indictment of the imaginativeness of computer users and humanity in general it turns out the most common password is - 'password'.

The second most common? 123456.

Come on people we can do better than this. Only it seems we can't.

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Must do better

A list compiled by Mark Burnett examined six million unique username/password combos in the public domain and whittled them down to the most common 10,000.

An astonishing 91% of all passwords appear in the top 1000.

Here's the top 20 along with how many times they appear.

  1. password, 32027
  2. 123456, 25969
  3. 12345678, 8667
  4. 1234, 5786
  5. qwerty, 5455
  6. 12345, 4523
  7. dragon, 4321
  8. pussy, 3945
  9. baseball, 3739
  10. football, 3682
  11. letmein, 3536
  12. monkey, 3487
  13. 696969, 3345
  14. abc123, 3310
  15. mustang, 3289
  16. michael, 3249
  17. shadow, 3209
  18. master, 3182
  19. jennifer, 2581
  20. 111111, 2570

Click here for a list of the top 100.

Here it is in handy word cloud form.

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But that is a big 'password'.

Names, sports and expletives all feature highly. Not exactly difficult to work out for someone who knows you at all.

So, if you're reading this and any of them look familiar CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD NOW.

But not to 'password', obviously.

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