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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
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, explained how password managers keep you safe, and discussed some password manager security mistakes.
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