Year, after year, after year the most used passwords are published and they are always the ones you imagine with very few surprises. They are the worst possible, and this year’s list published by SplashData with the 100 worst passwords of 2018 It shows again that ‘123456’ does not go out of style.
At least 10% of people use one of the 25 worst passwords on the list, where they appear great of all times like “password”, “12345” or “qwerty”. And almost 3% of people use the worst of all: “123456”.
After evaluate more than 5 million passwords leaked on the Internet, the company found that users remain just as predictable year after year, noting that despite all the time we’ve been chasing password security, even the most basic measures still don’t catch on with the general public.
The report mainly includes leaked data from users from North America and Western Europe, and although most of the most used passwords repeat their appearances at the top of the list, there are also some terrible news in the first positions like “donald”, “111111” or the genius of “654321” which is basically the worst password but in reverse. Special mention to “! @ # $% ^ & *” Which is the same but pressing Shift on the keyboard.
Easy to guess and hard to remember
That’s the exact opposite of what a good password should look like, many people choose simple and terrible passwords because they are easy to remember, but sometimes they choose it so quickly and at random that they forget what it was too.
Building a strong password that is also easy to remember is not that difficult, it is not necessary to wind your life using special characters, uppercase, lowercase, numbers and letters, after all even whoever invented that recommendation initially claims to be wrong.
What matters most is the length, use long phrases that are easy to remember, such as sentences that you remember or are important to you, or part of a song, you can create your own rules and play with them a bit. And if all this seems too complicated, you can always turn to a password manager to do the hard work for you.
But please don’t use any of these:
- ! @ # $% ^ & *