If you thought that Internet users learned anything from the recent years when millions of accounts were hacked just because they were protected with poor passwords, I’m sorry to disappoint you.
The Worst Password in 2018 Is Still “123456”
Recent statistics shared by SplashData reveal that the worst passwords in 2018 continue to be the typical “123456” and “password,” both of which have been at the top of the charts in the previous years too.
They are followed by “123456789,” because you know, three extra digits make a password a lot harder to break, and “12345677” because no hacker would ever think their targets are using an 8-digit password.
You can see the list of the world’s worst 25 passwords used in 2018 at the end of the article.
Way too many users sticking with celebrities’ names
One particular highlight is that “donald” has become one of the most common passwords this year because of you know who, all alongside other celebrities whose names shouldn’t by any means be used to protect accounts.
“Sorry, Mr. President, but this is not fake news – using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, Inc.
“Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online because they know so many people are using those easy-to- remember combinations.”
If anything, check the list below and make sure that you’re not using any of the passwords listed there. For what it’s worth, I recommend everyone to stick with password managers that makes it a lot easier to set up super-complex passwords and not to be forced to remember.
There are lots of password managers out there that come with cross-platform support, like Enpass, so you can have your passwords with you both when working at the office or on the go.