So, the most common passwords of 2016 have been revealed… and we can’t say we’re impressed. Some of these are predictable, weird, or just downright funny. To stop you from falling into this trap, we’ve created our very own custom generator, for when you need a new password you can actually remember.

First, let’s take a look at the passwords you definitely shouldn’t use…

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1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. 12345
6. 123456789
7. football
8. 1234
9. 1234567
10. baseball
11. welcome
12. 1234567890

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13. abc123
14. 111111
15. 1qaz2wsx
16. dragon
17. master
18. monkey
19. letmein
20. login
21. princess
22. qwertyuiop
23. solo
24. passw0rd
25. starwars

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These are a little insecure- and that’s putting it kindly. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how to make your tech impenetrable.

 

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Choose a film

Seeing as Star Wars is one of the new most popular passwords, let’s start with A New Hope.

 

Choose a film quote

Princess Leia is my favourite Star Wars character, so I know I’ll remember her. Pretty much every line from her is a good one, but let’s try:

Princess Leia: Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?

Acronym time

Great! But someone who knows me could still guess that, as it still makes conceivable sense. Time to shorten it down.

Aren’t You A Little Short For A Stormtrooper?’ will become AYALSFAS.

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Looking good, but we can still make this a little more impenetrable. Throw in a good mix of upper- and lower-case letters:

AyaLStbaS.

@dd $ymb0l$

For the final touch to make the world’s greatest password, try swapping in a few numbers or symbols.

Ay@1Stba$?

Fantastic! You’re done! In a few easy steps we’ve transformed one of the most common passwords into a phrase that could keep Fort Knox safe.

Let’s give it one more try.

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Choose a film TV show

If you aren’t a film buff, you can always try turning to TV shows. As ‘Dragon’ is another top password on the list, let’s go with Game of Thrones.

Choose a film TV quote

We’ve got 5 seasons of material to choose from here, so we shouldn’t be short on quotes. It has to be long enough to make a decent password, so let’s rule out some of the shorter ones, such as ‘winter is coming’ or ‘valar morghulis’. How about one from the dragon queen herself?

Daenerys Targaryen: He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon.

Acronym time

Easy peasy:

He Was No Dragon. Fire Cannot Kill A Dragon’ becomes HWNDFCKAD.

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Mixing it up a little bit:

HwnDFckAD

@dd $ymb0l$

And to finish:

HwnD-4ck@D.

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The best thing about using passwords like these is that they’re easy to remember and hard to guess. Someone may hear you mumbling film quotes under your breath at your laptop, but they wouldn’t be able to guess your password in a million years. Its unusual, obscure- and most important of all, secure. You’ve got no excuse.

Remember: you should use a different password for every account you own, never share it or write it down, and change it often. If your password happens to be one on the list above, however, change it NOW. Stay protected! (And please, please, don’t use these examples!)