SplashData compiled its list from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online during the previous year. If you're using one of the above listed passwords and it's for an account you actually care about keeping secure, now would be a good time to change it.
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I think the article is using the wrong standard when it identifies the "worst" passwords. My default password is "password1," it's on the list. I admit that I have been hacked once or twice but nobody's data but my own was compromised. What was Target's password? How many customer's accounts were breached?
You're asking the wrong question, and by your own admission, by using a bad password, you've been hacked.
In terms of Target, the question to ask is, "How many more times would Target get hacked if the passwords it used were on SplashData's list?" Otherwise you're comparing apples to avocados.
That's a lie.
funny how people actually use this password versus people actually try to hack through these passwords Mind Blowing xD