Time to change your password.
It seems that just about every other week in 2018 we saw stories about data breaches and hackers gaining access to millions and millions of users’ personal information. As people place more and more of their life online, they make themselves more vulnerable to hackers, identity theft, and scams. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like people have learned their lesson about the need for a strong password.
SplashData examined more than 5 million passwords that had been leaked on the internet over the last year and found that users are still using the same kind of predictable, easy-to-guess passwords that provide little to no security at all.
Perennial favorites “123456” and “password” continue to be the #1 and #2 most used passwords. President Trump made his debut on the list with “trump” becoming the 23rd most common password used.
“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.”
Here’s a list of the top 25 worst passwords as gathered by SplashData (the entire list can be viewed on its web site):