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Top Ten Most Popular Passwords Headed by 123456

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Imperva, company that specializes in protecting business applications and databases, has recently unveiled its research entitled "Consumer Password Worst Practices." The company analyzed about 32 million passwords that were revealed to the public after social media application developer RockYou became the victim of a hack attack.

It is worth mentioning that in December of 2009, a hacker managed to break into the website's database and obtain information that included unencrypted usernames and passwords of every user. Imperva studied the security breach and decide to publish the most popular passwords used by users of RockYou, informs News.com.au.

The list of the top ten most used passwords includes the following examples:

1. 123456

2. 12345

3. 123456789

4. Password

5. iloveyou

6. princess

7. rockyou

8. 1234567

9. 12345678

10. abc123

According to Amichai Shulman, Imperva's CTO, over the past two decades little has changed. Shulman referred to a 1990 Unix password research which reported a similar selection pattern.

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