Maybe your password is 2weak!
THE WASHINGTON POST – December 23, 2018
The word "password" and the numbers "123456" are yet again the most commonly used passwords, according to an annual ranking of the worst passwords to use published by the software company SplashData.
But another password made the list for the first time this year: "donald."
SplashData analyzed more than 5 million passwords that were leaked on the Internet. And just as in the seven previous years the company has reviewed the data, people continue to set predictable, easy-to-guess passwords that rely on strings of letters and numbers that are close together on computer keyboards.
In addition to perennial favorites, such as "1234567" and "12345678," the list of ill-advised passwords for 2018 included newcomers "!@#$%^&* (the special characters that correspond to 12345678, ranked 20th), and "donald," ranked 23rd.
The popularity of "football" (16th) fell seven spots from last year's list, "princess" (11th) returned after taking a hiatus, and "iloveyou" was unchanged, rounding out the top 10 worst passwords.
"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," said SplashData CEO Morgan Slain.
Ignoring the most basic security advice, millions of people keep using the same weak passwords, SplashData said.
After "123456" and "password," the most common passwords were short strings of consecutive numbers, or simply the same number typed repeatedly, like the sixth worst password on the list: "111111."
People using such passwords are "at substantial risk of being hacked and having their identities stolen," SplashData said.
It recommends that people create passwords with 12 mixed characters, set up a different unique password for each account; and take advantage of a password management tool.