If your password is on this list, you should change it now

If your password is on this list, you should change it now

World stared dumbfounded (for a few reasons) as we saw Kanye West in the Oval Office alongside President Trump and typed in his phone password – “000000” –  in full view of the world’s media, back in October 2018.

Judging by the state of this list, however, there is no reason for many of us to ridicule Mr. Kanye’s incredibly hackable passwords. The Cybersecurity group SplashData has released their annual list of “the worst passwords of 2018” based on the 5 million passwords leaked on the Internet compared to last year – and some of them are completely incapable.

This year the fairly common suspect returns. “123456” and “Password” hold the top two spots on the list for the 5th year in a row; while “123456789” you can check out the top 20 below by making an entry at number 3. There were also some wonderful entries on this year’s list. For example, “Donald” came in at number 23, “Freedom” was at number 29, and “Harley” was at number 39.

Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData Inc, said in a statement, “Sorry, President, but this is not fake news – using your name or a generic name as a password is a dangerous decision.”

“Hackers have great success using celebrity names, pop culture, and sports terms and simple keyboard patterns to split online accounts because they know a lot of people are using those easy-to-remember combinations.”They added, “By publishing this list every year, we hope to encourage people to take action to protect them online.”

Here is the rest of the top 20:

1) iloveyou

2) princess

3) admin

4) 66666

5) abc123

6) football

7) 123123

8) monkey

9) 654321

10) !@#$%^&*

11) 12345

12) 111111

13) welcome

14)1234567

15)sunshine

16) qwerty

17) 123456

18)password

19) 123456789

20)12345678 

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