What do these words all have in common? Monkey, dragon, baseball, sunshine, master, shadow and mustang. Not entirely sure? Ok, how about if I add in a few more. qwerty, letmein and password. Yup, they are all among the top 25 most common passwords for 2012. The full list is over at Born to be breached: the worst passwords are still the most common | Ars Technica Furthermore, if you think that your password is entirely unique, Mark Burnett, author of the book Perfect Passwords found thta 91% of users had one of the 1,000 most common passwords, with 99.8% using a password for the most common 10,000. This from a survey of 6 million username and password combinations.
The rest of the article goes on to talk about ways that you can keep yourself a little bit safer, such as using different passwords for every site - particularly those that are really important to you, and use randomly generated passwords. If you'd like to check for yourself to see how strong your password is, you could try 'How secure is my password?' or Password Strength Meter.