The recent discovery of a database of stolen login credentials reveals four of the most common passwords used by consumers.
And they're very easy to guess.
A botnet called "Pony" -- a form of keylogging malware that tracks users' keystrokes -- collected 2 million usernames and passwords for accounts associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, and LinkedIn, reports CNET.
What's more, security company Trustwave discovered many of the victims -- who lived in as many as 102 countries -- had some of the weakest passwords ever.
'12345' and 'Password'
So what were the most common user passwords, as revealed by the stolen-credentials database? According to CNET, they were:
Believe it or not, we're being totally serious.
Though many companies -- including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter -- have reset infected users' passwords, users may want to take this incident as a reminder to create more secure passwords.
Stronger Password Tips
Remember, a password is only as secure as you make it. That's why you'll want to steer clear of bad examples like, say, the United States' Cold War-era "00000000" nuclear missile code. Instead, take the following password precautions:
The time has come to move on from "12345" and "password." Get creative, people.