Need a little help brainstorming your next password? Here’s a hint – don’t use any of these in the list of top 25 worst passwords of 2011, as composed by SplashData. They compiled the list based on stolen passwords posted by hackers online. Some on the list are things you might expect – including popular names or favorite sports. But for all of those of you using “dragon” “monkey” or “iloveyou” as your password…well.

1. password

2. 123456


4. qwerty

5. abc123

6. monkey

7. 1234567

8. letmein

9. trustno1

10. dragon

11. baseball

12. 111111

13. iloveyou

14. master

15. sunshine

16. ashley

17. bailey

18. passw0rd

19. shadow

20. 123123

21. 654321

22. superman

23. qazwsx

24. michael

25. football

SplashData also offered these three tips for creating better passwords:

1. Vary different types of characters in your passwords; include numbers, letters and special characters when possible.

2. Choose passwords of eight characters or more. Separate short words with spaces or underscores.

3. Don’t use the same password and username combination for multiple websites. Use an online password manager to keep track of your different accounts.

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