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EXPOSED (Reuters) – The word ‘password’ is pictured through a magnifying glass on a computer screen in this file picture taken in Berlin on May 21, 2013. Security experts warn there is little Internet users can do to protect themselves from the recently uncovered “Heartbleed” bug that exposes data to hackers, at least not until vulnerable websites upgrade their software.

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Splash Dataa provider of security applications and services, has released on Tuesday (January 19, 2016) its list of worst passwords for the year that was. The fifth annual list reveals that “the most commonly used passwords are not necessarily more secure”, as published in the Teams ID blog.

Passwords “123456” and “password” remained unchanged at the top two spots of the list, same as with 2014.

The California-based team compiled and evaluated over two million leaked passwords, mostly from North America and Western Europe, during the year 2015 to persuade users to come up with stronger passwords for improved internet security.

The top 25 passwords are as follows:

  1. 123456 – unchanged since 2014
  2. password – unchanged since 2014
  3. 12345678 – up one rank
  4. qwerty – up one rank
  5. 12345 – down two ranks
  6. 123456789 – unchanged since 2014
  7. football – up three rank
  8. 1234 – down one rank
  9. 1234567 – up two ranks
  10. baseball – down two ranks
  11. welcome – new entry
  12. 1234567890 – new entry
  13. abc123 – up one rank
  14. 111111 – up one rank
  15. 1qaz2wsx – new entry
  16. dragon – down seven ranks
  17. master – up two ranks
  18. monkey – down six ranks
  19. letmein – down six ranks
  20. login – new entry
  21. princess – new entry
  22. qwertyuiop – new entry
  23. solo – new entry
  24. passw0rd – new entry
  25. starwars – new entry

Splash Data released the list in efforts of encouraging the public to use stronger passwords to avoid being victims of hacking and identity theft.

“We have seen an effort by many people to be more secure by adding characters to passwords, but if these longer passwords are based on simple patterns they will put you in just as much risk of having your identity stolen by hackers,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, as stated in the Teams ID blog.

According to Slain, using common terms related to sports and pop culture is also a bad idea.

If you see your password in the top 25 list, then it would be best to think of a more secure one to protect your accounts.