How to Avoid Using the Worst Passwords of 2019

How to Avoid Using the Worst Passwords of 2019

Can you guess the worst password of 2019?  It’s been the same for nine years – 123456.  Here’s a list of last year’s 25 worst passwords so you can avoid using them from now on.

Each year, SplashData  evaluates millions of leaked passwords to determine which ones were most used by computer users during that year. Common passwords that continually appear on the Worst Passwords list, beyond “password” and “123456”, include “princess”, “qwerty”, “iloveyou” and “welcome.”

Here’s the 9th annual list (along with rank changes from 2018):

1 – 123456 (rank unchanged from 2018)
2 – 123456789 (up 1)
3 – qwerty (Up 6)
4 – password (Down 2)
5 – 1234567 (Up 2)
6 – 12345678 (Down 2)
7 – 12345 (Down 2)
8 – iloveyou (Up 2)
9 – 111111 (Down 3)
10 – 123123 (Up 7)
11 – abc123 (Up 4)
12 – qwerty123 (Up 13)
13 – 1q2w3e4r (New)
14 – admin (Down 2)
15 – qwertyuiop (New)
16 – 654321 (Up 3)
17 – 555555 (New)
18 – lovely (New)
19 – 7777777 (New)
20 – welcome (Down 7)
21 – 888888 (New)
22 – princess (Down 11)
23 – dragon (New)
24 – password1 (Unchanged)
25 – 123qwe (New)

While SplashData is encouraged that “password” — among the worst of all bad passwords — has dropped on the list, the company still finds that computer users continue using the same predictable, easily guessable words and alphanumeric patterns as their passwords. While many computer programs now prevent these passwords from being created in the first place, older applications and some websites still enable people to use dangerously weak passwords.

Among the new entries this year are “1q2w3e4r” and “qwertyuiop” – simple patterns using contiguous keys on the keyboard. Using such letter/number combinations may seem to be complex but will not fool hackers who know millions of people use them.

SplashData estimates 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.

If you’re really curious, here’s the full list of the Top 50 Worst Passwords.  If you use even one of these passwords, change it now!

 

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