Each year, SplashData publishes a list of the most used password by computer users around the world. The company evaluates millions of leaked passwords by hackers to determine not just the most used passwords but also the worst. This year, it evaluated more than 5 million passwords leaked on the Internet and made a list. Its findings revealed that “123456” and “password” continue to be number one and two on its list.
The company found that users continue using the same predictable, easily guessable passwords over the years. Another commonly used password, used is “donald” after US President Trump. This password appears as the 23rd most frequently used password. According to the company, millions of people continue to use weak, easily-guessable passwords to protect their online information even with the risks involved.
Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, Inc in a statement said:
Sorry, Mr. President, but this is not fake news – using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision. 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.
Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online. It’s a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks such as Marriott and the National Republican Congressional Committee, that people continue putting themselves at such risk year-after-year. Presenting SplashData’s “Worst Passwords of 2018.”
The company revealed that 2018 was the fifth consecutive year that “123456” and “password” retained their top two spots on the list. SplashData estimates that almost 10% of people have used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on this year’s list, and nearly 3% of people have used the worst password, 123456. It said that over five million leaked passwords evaluated for the 2018 list were mostly held by users in North America and Western Europe. The list does not involve passwords leaked from hacks of adult websites.
See List Of The Top 25