“123456” Tops The List Of Worst Passwords For 5th Consecutive Year


With digital security hanging on the cusp of an era where everything can be hacked, people are yet to understand that picking a strong password is extremely crucial.

SplashData, the famous password management application provider, has released its annual list of the 100 Worst Passwords of the Year. The company has evaluated 5 million passwords to compile the list of passwords that are very easy to guess and are really a no-brainer.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that for the fifth consecutive year, “123456” has topped the list. The spot of the second worst password of 2018 is grabbed by “password.”

Another interesting (read: worst) password that made it to the list this year is “Donald” that has been crowned as the 23rd Worst Password of the year. We didn’t even know that President Donald Trump is revered by so many people that his first name is a frequently used password.

List of top 25 worst passwords of 2018:

#1 – 123456

#2 – password

#3 – 123456789

#4 – 12345678

#5 – 12345

#6 – 111111

#7 – 1234567

#8 – sunshine

#9 – qwerty

#10 – iloveyou

#11 – princess

#12 – admin

#13 – welcome

#14 – 666666

#15 – abc123

#16 – football

#17 – 123123

#18 – monkey

#19 – 654321

#20 – [email protected]#$%^&*

#21 – charlie

#22 – aa123456

#23 – donald

#24 – password1

#25 – qwerty123

According to Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, “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 has provided some tips to keep your data safe from hackers. Use paraphrases of 12 characters and try creating a password with the combination of different characters. Moreover, do not keep the same password for different websites.

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Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol is a tech journalist who handles reportage of cybersecurity and Apple and OnePlus devices at Fossbytes. He's an ambivert who is striving hard to appease existential crisis by eating, writing, and scrolling through memes.
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