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The Worst Passwords of 2018, Revealed

Dave Parrack 14-12-2018

We now know the worst passwords of 2018. These are the passwords you should never use, and that you shouldn’t let any friends or family members use either. Because not only are they very common, they’re so weak that even a six-year-old could crack them.


The Top 10 Worst Passwords of 2018

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 123456789
  4. 12345678
  5. 12345
  6. 111111
  7. 1234567
  8. sunshine
  9. qwerty
  10. iloveyou

A lot of these terrible passwords will be familiar from previous lists. Obvious words such as “password” and “qwerty” plus the the easy-to-remember number sequences such as “123456” and “111111” make it into the top 10 worst passwords year after year.

This means there are people out there who have failed to change their passwords despite being shamed for their choices every year. But then someone using the same number six times in a row probably isn’t the brightest of individuals. Eh, Kanye.

Donald Trump Inspires a Bad Password

The more interesting passwords appear further down the list. At #67 we have “maverick” (as in Top Gun), at #60 we have “starwars” (as in Star Wars), at #45 we have “solo” (as in Han), at #39 we have “harley” (as in Harley Quinn), and at #23 we have “donald”.

We have to assume “donald” is a reference to Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. But then it could also refer to Donald Duck, Donald Glover, or Donald Sutherland. None of which are quite as newsworthy as Trump right now.

Learn More About Password Managers

This list of bad passwords comes courtesy of SplashData, the company behind password manager, SplashID. The passwords are the most commonly found passwords from recent data breaches, which is testament to both their popularity and their uselessness.


Whether or not you use a password manager, it’s worth learning more about them. We have previously compared the biggest password managers Is Your Password Manager Secure? 5 Services Compared Unless you have an incredible memory, there's no way you can possibly hope to remember all your usernames and passwords. The sensible option is to use a password manager -- but which is best? Read More , explained how password managers keep you safe How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe Passwords that are hard to crack are also hard to remember. Want to be safe? You need a password manager. Here's how they work and how they keep you safe. Read More , and discussed some password manager security mistakes Are You Making These 6 Password Manager Security Mistakes? Password managers can only be as secure as you want them to be, and if you're making any of these six basic mistakes, you're going to end up compromising your online security. Read More .

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  1. Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
    December 16, 2018 at 8:48 am

    If you don't know what a password manager and a password generator are, you can just simply close your eyes, rotate your keyboard 180 degrees clockwise and type as fast as you can for 10 seconds. I bet you a brilliant password.

  2. bobpat56
    December 15, 2018 at 12:39 am

    I still like using old addresses. Add a special character and they almost always pass security checks, and I already know them. Like: 221B_Baker and 129_W_81st.

  3. ReadandShare
    December 14, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Seems pretty much the same list as 2017, and 2016, and .....

  4. John Hall
    December 14, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    We at the SplashData team appreciate the coverage of our 2018 Top 100 Worst Passwords of 2018! If you’d like a free Google SSO personal password manager to ensure these passwords never enter your web-logins, check out and use the following code when signing up: FreePass18