If you use any of the passwords on this list, you should really change them!

Creating a hacker-proof password is all important especially at a time when so much of our personal information is online. And while it might seem convenient to use a password that's easy to remember, this may make you vulnerable to cybercrime.

According to a statement issued by Queensland Police a password that is too simple, such as one based on a name, can be easily broken. 'Hackers know many people use passwords starting with a capital letter and often use the same password across many sites. 'Once a hacker works it out, they can gain access to them all!' The warning urges people to consider resetting their passwords if the ones they are currently using are in any way similar to a list provided by a password management provider. SplashData, the password management provider, recently released its annual list of 'Worst Passwords of the Year' using data from five million leaked passwords from users in North America and Western Europe. The company estimated almost 10 per cent of people have used at least one of the 25 on last year's list, and nearly three per cent of people have used the worst password, 123456.

If you're stuck on how to create a stronger password, SplashData recommends using at least 12 characters with a combination of upper and lowercase letters and symbols. Experts advise against using personal information, common words and importantly, reusing passwords. Also make sure you include other symbols such as $,?,% @ in random places to make your password more difficult to break.

Top ten worst passwords of 2017:

1. 123456

2. Password

3. 12345678

4. Qwerty

5. 12345

6. 123456789

7. Letmein

8. 1234567

9. Football

10. Iloveyou

(Story from Daily Mail Online. Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash.com)