Everything is password protected these days and most people go to great lengths to pick a password that is practical and more important, easy to remember. If you think your password is creative, stealth and nobody will ever figure it out, think again. Forbes has put out a list of the 25 worst passwords for 2011 compiled by SplashData and if you see yours, STOP READING and change your password immediately. The top 25 are as follows:

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  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

Last year, Imperva put out it's own list of the top ten passwords stolen from RockYou, a hacked website and they are:

  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 123456789
  4. Password
  5. iloveyou
  6. princess
  7. rockyou
  8. 1234567
  9. 12345678
  10. abc123

If you have a hard time remembering your password, it is okay to write it down and put it in your wallet or at least keep a 'hint' in your wallet. NASA says you should use a combination of four types of characters like upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers and special characters like !,@, #, $, %, ^, & and *. Just be careful, names and

birthdays are too easy.

[Yahoo Finance]