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If Your Password is On This List, Change It Now

By December 28, 2018June 2nd, 2022Cybersecurity

The annual list of the worst passwords in use during 2018 has just been published by SplashData.

This year’s list features a number of the usual suspects, but there are also a few new entries.

Here are the ten worst passwords in use, according to the data:

  • 123456
  • password
  • 123456789
  • 12345678
  • 12345
  • 111111
  • 1234567
  • sunshine
  • qwerty
  • iloveyou

Other notable entries include “welcome” at #13, “football” at #16, “Donald” at #23, “password1” at #24, “freedom” at #29, “hello” at #68, “test” at #88, and “whatever” at #91.  Obviously, if you see a password you use anywhere on this list, you should change it immediately, as these are incredibly easy to guess, which makes breaching your system a trivial matter.

The rankings for the passwords were derived via an analysis of more than five million passwords leaked o the internet over the past year.

SplashData’s CEO Morgan Slain described the persistent entries on the latest report as being “a real head scratcher,” especially in light of the fact that there have been so many high profile data breaches over the last few years.

It’s not like people are unaware of the risks and dangers. Yet, the message just isn’t getting through to a majority of users.  Year after year, we see the same easy to guess passwords showing up on the list.  It’s an even mix of frustrating and dangerous.

From an IT Security Manager’s or business owner’s perspective, the key issue is this:  It doesn’t matter how extravagantly you spend on data security if your employees are using passwords like this because hackers can simply circumvent your expensive security solutions.

Sadly, based on the statistics, it’s overwhelmingly likely that more than a few of your employees are making it laughably easy to breech your system.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.