SplashData, a password management security company, has released the worst passwords for the last year. SplashData examined more than 5 million passwords that were exposed on the internet to compile the list of the most common passwords.
For the last 8 years, SplashData has evaluated the most common passwords. In 2018, the top two spots remained the same as 2017: ‘123456’ and ‘password’ remains in the first and second position. SplashData estimates that 3% of users use the worst password, and 10% of users have used one of the top 25 worst passwords.
Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, said that the list doesn’t change that much year over year, meaning users are slow to change their behavior. “One of the reasons that we put this list out is to keep highlighting, ’hey everybody, you are putting yourself at risk by using these familiar, weaker passwords over and over again.” He told Motherboard.
We will echo the common sentiment from leading digital security experts: using a singular password for multiple accounts puts you and your data at risk. We recommend using unique passwords or passphrases for each account. This way in a instance of a breach, the user only have to reset one password, not all of them. Using a password manager is a great way to create, store, and manage all your passwords. Users can also set up a two step verification for their online accounts which will add an extra layer of security. We heavily encourage users to utilize this feature, especially on banking and financial apps. Google and Apple will notify you when someone is using your credentials every time they sign in. This can help alert you to suspicious sign ins.
The 25 Common Password List
Below is SplashData’s 25 most common password list. If your accounts have these passwords, you may want to change them.
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