It’s almost 2020, why are people still using “password” as a password? And, no, passw0rd isn’t as terribly clever and tricksy as you think it is. Stop it.
SplashData, a security applications company based in the US, recently released its ninth annual list of the worst passwords of the year and shame on you if any of yours are on it. Each year, SplashData evaluates millions of leaked passwords from the US and Western Europe and compiles a list of the most commonly used ones, in the hope that people will change their ways.
The top 10 worst passwords of 2019:
123456 (rank unchanged from 2018)
123456789 (up 1)
qwerty (Up 6)
password (Down 2)
1234567 (Up 2)
12345678 (Down 2)
12345 (Down 2)
iloveyou (Up 2)
111111 (Down 3)
123123 (Up 7)
New entries included “qwertyuiop” at 15, “dragon” at 23, and “123qwe” at 25.
I get it, remembering things is hard, but there are better ways to do this, like using a password manager to generate and store randomly-generated, unique passwords, or just writing them down. Like, on paper.
Write them down?? But the criminals?!
Actually, passwords are far more likely to be stolen from the digital realm than the physical. The problem with writing them down is that people tend to reuse them or give up on making unique ones for every account and just end up appending the same password with ever-increasing numbers and symbols – much cunning. Also, paper can get lost, stolen by teens and other reprobates that frequent your household, or eaten by snails. So keep your list safe and, maybe, don’t use a book labelled SUPER SECRET PASSWORDS.
Also, use two-factor authentication wherever you can and NEVER REUSE PASSWORDS, especially banking-related ones.
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