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The Worst Passwords of 2019 Have Been Revealed

Dave Parrack 20-12-2019

The worst passwords of 2019 have been revealed, and the list shows that some people will never learn. These are the most commonly used passwords from recent data breaches. Which makes them both really common and easily broken. So, avoid at all costs.


Are Passwords Still Effective in 2019?

Passwords are slowly but surely being revealed to be a mediocre method of securing your online accounts. There have been so many data breaches now that a lot of passwords have been exposed to hackers and cybercriminals, rendering them ineffective.

Every year, SplashData, makers of several password managers, curates a list of the worst passwords of the year. The worst passwords of 2018 The Worst Passwords of 2018, Revealed We now know the worst passwords of 2018. These are the passwords you should never use, even if Kanye West tells you to do so. Read More saw Donald Trump, Top Gun, Star Wars, and Harley Quinn inspire new (bad) passwords. So, what has happened in 2019?

The Worst Passwords of 2019, Revealed

SplashData has compiled its list of the worst passwords of 2019. There are 100 passwords listed in all, and there’s a mix of the usual suspects as well as some new entries. You can see the full list on the TeamsID website, but here are the Top 10 to give you a flavor.

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. qwerty
  4. password
  5. 1234567
  6. 12345678
  7. 12345
  8. iloveyou
  9. 111111
  10. 123123

So far, so familiar. All of these passwords appeared in the 2018 list, and most of them near the top. Using “password” as a password is particularly dumb, so it’s heartening to see that lose the top spot. However, millions of people are clearly still using it.

The idea of using a sequence of numbers is also still prevalent, and continues all the way through the Top 100. As for interesting entries, “dragon” is new in at #23, “liverpool” appears at #31, “ginger” makes it to #51, and “trustno1” comes in at #94.


Always Enable Two-Factor Authentication

This paints a depressing picture of people’s attitudes to passwords. However, it’s important to remember that these only represent a fraction of commonly used passwords. So, we can assume that most people are taking their online security more seriously.

If you’re only now realizing how bad your passwords are, there are things you can do. For one, enable two-factor authentication wherever it’s available. You should also consider using a password manager, and here are the best password managers for every occasion The Best Password Managers for Every Occasion Struggling to remember your increasingly elaborate passwords? It's time to rely on one of these free or paid password managers! Read More .

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  1. ReadandShare
    December 30, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Do we really need these brain-dead articles about horrible passwords that don't reference at all where those passwords are being used on? I use good passwords with a password manager on all sites that matter. But I also use a 'dummy' password across various sites that I don't care about -- such as comments sections! Is the latter really worth MUO screaming about???

  2. Fik of the borg
    December 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Using 123456 as a password is akin to leaving the front door key hanging from a nail besides the door. Using an easy password like your birthday or your dog's name is akin to leaving the key under the mat or under a potted plant.
    Use long passphrases, people! Non-sensical but easy to be remembered by you, and at the same time not related to you so it's difficult to guess. Also use a password manager (if you don't like services like LastPass, maybe something like KeePass synced by Google Drive, or OwnCloud if you don't trust Google)