This Year’s Worst Passwords Show You Love Simplicity Too Much

For the eighth time, SplashData has released its annual list of the Worst Passwords of the Year. The list features some tried-and-true favorites (“123456,” we’re looking at you!) along with some interesting newcomers (“654321” is going to fool nobody, people).

Perhaps the most curious newbie on the list: “donald,” which placed a not-so-bigly 23rd. Aside from “Charlie,” which placed 21st, it’s the only proper name to rank, and it absolutely won’t stop hackers from breaking into your system. “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,” Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, wrote in a statement accompanying the data.

(We’re guessing ‘Trump’ isn’t that secure, either. Has anyone double-checked that the President isn’t using that for his iPhone?)

Last year’s list definitely had a problem with pop-culture landmarks being used as passwords; specifically, ‘starwars’ and ‘trustno1’ (from ‘The X-Files’ television show) placed relatively high. That’s not an issue this year (unless you count ‘princess’), but ‘donald’ and ‘football’ nonetheless suggest that people haven’t given up relying on what’s on their television screens for password fodder.

Without further ado, here’s the entire list:

1.    123456    (Rank unchanged from last year)
2.    password    (Unchanged)
3.    123456789 (Up 3)
4.    12345678 (Down 1)
5.    12345 (Unchanged)
6.    111111 (New)
7.    1234567 (Up 1)
8.    sunshine (New)
9.    qwerty (Down 5)
10.    iloveyou (Unchanged)
11.    princess (New)
12.    admin (Down 1)
13.    welcome (Down 1)
14.    666666 (New)
15.    abc123 (Unchanged)
16.    football (Down 7)
17.    123123 (Unchanged)
18.    monkey (Down 5)
19.    654321 (New)
20.    !@#$%^&* (New)
21.    charlie (New)
22.    aa123456 (New)
23.    donald (New)
24.    password1 (New)
25.    qwerty123 (New)

As you can see from SplashData’s notations, many of these passwords were present on last year’s list, which means that a substantial portion of Americans haven’t absorbed the constant drumbeat of warnings about weak passwords.

When creating a new password, remember: special characters are your friend, along with relying on at least twelve characters (if not more!). And use different passwords for different systems. Relying on a password manager of some sort is also a good idea.

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