25 passwords that put you at risk of cyber crime

In its annual shame file SplashData has just released the top 25 "Worst Passwords List" of 2015.

It shows people are continuing to put themselves at risk of being hacked, scammed and conned.

Whether it's out of laziness, convenience or a lack of imagination the password "123456" once again tops the list.

SplashData sourced its information from more than two million leaked passwords.

Insecure passwords put people at risk of crime.
Insecure passwords put people at risk of crime.
Experts are warning people to steer clear of these passwords.
Experts are warning people to steer clear of these passwords.

SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said using common sports and pop culture terms was a bad idea and that using different passwords for different websites would improve your security.

"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," he said.

Here are three tips for strengthening your password:

1. Use passwords of 12 characters or more with mixed types of characters

2. Avoid using the same password on different websites.

3. Include symbols like !@#$%.



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