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Software provider SplashData has come up with its annual 'Worst Passwords' list... does your password make the cut?

The Californian company said that for the first time since the list's inception, 'password' had been unseated by '123456', and that the results show many people continue to put themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords.

Some of passwords in the top ten included 'qwerty', 'abc123', '111111', and 'iloveyou'.

Splashdata CEO Morgan Slain said that seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on the list offered a good reminder not to base passwords on the name of the website or application.

"An interesting aspect of this year's list is that more short numerical passwords showed up even though websites are starting to enforce stronger password policies," Slain said.

The company compiled the list using online files that contained millions of stolen passwords.

In a blog post, available here, Splashdata outlined a few tips on how to make a more secure password.

"Use passwords of eight characters or more with mixed types of characters. But even passwords with common substitutions like 'dr4mat1c' can be vulnerable to attackers' increasingly sophisticated technology, and random combinations like 'j%7K&yPx$' can be difficult to remember," the company said.

"One way to create more secure passwords that are easy to recall is to use passphrases -- short words with spaces or other characters separating them. It's best to use random words rather than common phrases. For example, 'cakes years birthday' or 'smiles_light_skip?'."

SplashData's Worst Passwords of 2013

123456
password
12345678
qwerty
abc123
123456789
111111
1234567
iloveyou
adobe123
123123
sunshine
1234567890
letmein
photoshop
1234
monkey
shadow
sunshine (sic)
12345
password1
princess
azerty
trustno1
000000

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David Swan

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David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the tender age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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