The Most Common (Worst) Passwords 2018

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The Most Common (Worst) Passwords 2018


For the last 7 years, SplashData has been revealing the yearly list of the most commonly used passwords of the year and once again “123456” and “password” have taken the top two spots, with the next 5 spots being an assortment of numbers.

Several of the most common passwords were repeats from previous years, but there are a handful of new ones such as “donald” which took the 23rd spot on the list.

Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData stated in the press release that “Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online because they know so many people are using those easy-to-remember combinations”.

He followed on to say that their intentions behind publishing this list of painfully obvious passwords is to prompt readers to adopt better security for their online accounts. Although a stronger password doesn’t fully secure your account from hackers, it is a crucial security factor and it will help to protect you.    

SplashData has evaluated over 5 million passwords that were leaked online in the last year. Here are the top 25 most common passwords for 2018:

1) 123456

2) password

3) 123456789

4) 12345678

5) 12345

6) 111111

7) 1234567

8) sunshine

9) qwerty

10) iloveyou

11) princess

12) admin

13) welcome

14) 666666

15) abc123

16) football

17) 123123

18) monkey

19) 654321

20) !@#$%^&*

21) charlie

22) aa123456

23) donald

24) password1

25) qwerty123

So, if you are using any of these passwords ensure you get them changed immediately!


Luke Stanley