NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Consumers should be relying on passwords to protect their personal data on computers, smartphones and tablet computers.
But you can't blame the technology if those password are so obvious that any identity thief can get access.
About 10% of all identity theft cases are related directly to password problems, reports Javelin Research. With 12.6 million victims of I.D. theft, and $21 billion in lost assets last year, not taking care of your password can lead to huge financial losses for consumers.
Unfortunately, some passwords might as well come with a green light attached; the worst of the bunch are so obvious they do little to stop aggressive identity thieves.
The Los Gatos, Calif., security firm SplashData offered a list this week of the 25 most common -- and generally useless -- passwords used on the Internet.
There's been a change at the top of that list compared with last year, with the not-so-subtle term "password" being dethroned in favor of "123456." That may be due to last October's security breach at Adobe, which affected about 48 million users. The password "123456" was the most-used password by Adobe users.
Adobe took a public relations hit with two other passwords ("adobe123" and "photoshop") as well, even though it's consumers who pick their entry codes.
"Seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing," says Morgan Slain, chief executive at SplashData.