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List of 2014’s worst passwords includes ‘123456’

If your computer password is “batman” or “monkey,” you should think about changing it.

SplashData has revealed its annual list of most commonly used — and thereby worst — passwords, based on 3.3 million leaked passwords in 2014.

“123456” and “password” topped the list for fourth year in a row, while “696969” and “batman” hit the top 25 for the first time.

SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a release that he hopes the list will call attention to the importance of computer security.

“As always, we hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different passwords for different websites,” Slain said.

Here’s the top 25:

1. 1234562. password3. 123454. 123456785. qwerty6. 1234567897. 12348. baseball9. dragon10. football11. 123456712. monkey13. letmein14. abc12315. 11111116. mustang17. access18. shadow19. master20. michael21. superman22. 69696923. 12312324. batman25. trustno1