'Password' has been replaced as the world's most common password 6 years ago

'Password' has been replaced as the world's most common password

The new title holder of world's most common, and therefore worst, password isn't much better.

Here at JOE Towers we favour the retina scan method to gain access to the computers, not because it is really secure, but because it looks cool. However, lots of others are a bit more relaxed about their online security.

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The folks at Splash Data have published their annual list of the world's most common passwords and there is a new No 1, knocking 'password' off its dubious perch. Yes, if you have '123456' as you log-in then you are the proud holder of the world's worst password.

In a report on the Daily Mail, the rest of the top 10 for 2013 are also set out. 'Password' is in second, while '12345678' is in third. The rest of the top 10 include such uncrackable gems as 'qwerty', 'abc123' and a new entry at No 6 '123456789'. That extra digit makes a big difference.

The people who released the data say it is done to make us all more aware on online security and they offer the usual advice of mixing up your password with capital letters, numbers and symbols, making it at least eight characters long and advise you adopt a policy of a different password for each site you use.

That will be difficult, but the least you can do is to make sure you don't have any of the really obvious ones at least.