The Worst Passwords of 2018 That Guarantee You Will Get Hacked


TechViews News   ….. has revealed its year-end list of the most commonly used passwords of the previous year. And, as has been in the past, the results reveal that, uh, people can be lazy, foolish, or just don’t care.

The Worst Passwords of 2018 were determined after SplashData evaluated over 5 million passwords that have leaked online in the last year. The top two slots have been left unchanged for the fifth year in a row. They are, maddeningly, “123456” and “password.” The next five consecutive spots were other assortments of numbers (123456789 and 111111, for instance).

Seriously, do these people think those passwords are not easily guessed?

Several of the 25 included passwords were repeats from previous years, but there were a handful of new ones. One was appropriate for a hellish year (666666), another just simply rakes your thumb across the numbers row on the keyboard with the Caps Key on (!@#$%^&*) and a man nobody could ever guess ( donald). And of course, there are the happy optimists among us (sunshine & princess).

Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, said in a news release, “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.”

SplashData noted that its intention behind creating these painfully revealing lists is to prompt readers to adopt better security measures, namely stronger passwords. Obviously a strong password alone isn’t a surefire way to protect yourself online, but it’s definitely a crucial factor, and pretty much the entire list of the most commonly used ones are begging to be hacked.

“Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online,” Slain said. “It’s a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks, that people continue putting themselves at such risk year-after-year.”

If you find that your passwords aren’t so unlike the ones included in this year’s list, then change your passwords. You know how, so do it.

Here’s the full, eighth annual list:

  1. 123456 (Unchanged)
  2. password (Unchanged)
  3. 123456789 (Up 3)
  4. 12345678 (Down 1)
  5. 12345 (Unchanged)
  6. 111111 (New)
  7. 1234567 (Up 1)
  8. sunshine (New)
  9. qwerty (Down 5)
  10. iloveyou (Unchanged)
  11. princess (New)
  12. admin (Down 1)
  13. welcome (Down 1)
  14. 666666 (New)
  15. abc123 (Unchanged)
  16. football (Down 7)
  17. 123123 (Unchanged)
  18. monkey (Down 5)
  19. 654321 (New)
  20. !@#$%^&* (New)
  21. charlie (New)
  22. aa123456 (New)
  23. donald (New)
  24. password1 (New)
  25. qwerty123 (New)

Be Safe – Backup Your Data Regularly!


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