Passwords you won't believe

The annual list of the worst passwords in use during 2018 has just been published by SplashData.

This year's list features a number of the usual suspects, but there are also a few new entries.

Here are the ten worst passwords in use

  • 123456
  • password
  • 123456789
  • 12345678
  • 12345
  • 111111
  • 1234567
  • sunshine
  • qwerty
  • iloveyou

Other notable entries include "welcome" at #13, "football" at #16, "Donald" at #23, "password1" at #24, "freedom" at #29, "hello" at #68, "test" at #88, and "whatever" at #91.  Obviously, if you see a password you use anywhere on this list, you should change it immediately, as these are incredibly easy to guess, which makes breaching your system a trivial matter.

The rankings for the passwords were derived via an analysis of more than five million passwords leaked o the internet over the past year.

SplashData's CEO Morgan Slain described the persistent entries on the latest report as being "a real head-scratcher," especially in light of the fact that there have been so many high profile data breaches over the last few years.

It's not like people are unaware of the risks and dangers. Yet, the message just isn't getting through to a majority of users.  Year after year, we see the same easy to guess passwords showing up on the list.  It's an even mix of frustrating and dangerous.

From an IT Security Manager's or business owner's perspective, the key issue is this:  It doesn't matter how extravagantly you spend on data security if your employees are using passwords like this because hackers can simply circumvent your expensive security solutions.

Our perspective

Sadly, based on the statistics, it's overwhelmingly likely that more than a few of your employees are making it laughably easy to breach your system. A suggestion would be to use New Year's Day to change passwords all around at your small business.

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Denis S Wilson

I am President and Principal Consultant for DWP Information Architects: specializing in managed IT support for smaller healthcare practices, clinics, insurance companies, law firms, and construction companies in Ventura County and San Fernando Valley. And have created cost-effective IT solutions, for over 20 years, specializing in cybersecurity and regulatory compliance.

I am also a published author and speaker, working extensively with organizations that include: the State of California, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE, Women's Business Centers, and Small Business Development Centers. As well as providing small business technology education programs through business and professional associations.

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