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Worst Passwords of 2018

Are you the type of person who uses one password for everything?

Worse yet, is that password a simple combination or a basic phrase?

If you answered yes to either question, you’re basically leaving your front door open for hackers to walk in and take over your life. Digitally speaking, of course.

The Worst Passwords of 2018

Just some of the worst passwords of 2018 – the bigger the word, the more often it is used by people as a password.

Don’t Let This Be You

According to an Inc. article citing work from SplashData, the “worst” passwords in 2018 featured quite a few  from last year, as we expected. Password and 123456 lead the way, with several variations of each on the list, as well. In fact, of the seven most-used passwords, 12345 is a part of five.

Additionally, SpalshData estimates that roughly 10% of people have used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on this year’s list, and almost 3% of people have used “123456.”

And, this isn’t a small sample size. The list is pulled from a SplashData report of more than 5 million leaked passwords. Passwords came from all sorts of breaches throughout the year – including financial data, social media accounts, and email databases.

What Can You Do?

Instead of using a basic password, try setting passwords with these tips in mind:

  • Try to use passwords of 10 or more characters.
  • Use a different password for every single account.
  • Enlist a password service to help manage your digital life, increasing your level of security.
  • Try to incorporate a capital, a number, and a special character in every password.

Ultimately – the above solutions will help you protect yourself online.

What’s On The “Bad Passwords” List

Is your password listed below? If so, you need to upgrade your defenses. ASAP.

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. !@#$%^*
21. charlie
22. aa123456
23. donald
24. password1
25. qwerty123

And with that – we say adios to 2018, and hello to 2019.

P.S. Change your Passwords.

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