These Are The 25 Worst Passwords You Should Avoid Use In 2019 So As Not To Get Hacked

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Password management company, SplashData has revealed the 25 worst passwords used in 2018 in its yearly "Worst Passwords" reports. You will be surprised to find that some weak passwords published the previous year are still gaining grounds with Internet users.

According to the password management company, the essence of the publication was to encourage netizens to avoid those passwords, and use something stronger to avoid falling easy prey to hackers in the new year.

"Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online," Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData said.

"It's a real head-scratcher that will all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks such as Marriot and the National Republican Congressional Committee, that people continue putting themselves at such risk year-after-year," Slain added.

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The company came up with the list of weak passwords after evaluating over 5 million guessable passwords leaked on the Internet, which puts anyone using them at risks of easily getting hacked and having their identity used for nefarious purpose(s).

Using popular terms, celebrity names, keyboard patterns to create passwords is not encouraged. This list surprisingly, even has the US presidents name "Donald".

"Using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision," Slain said. "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 using those easy-to-remember combinations."

Lets look at the top 25 "Worst Passwords of 2018" and their current position when compared to last year's ranking.
  1. 123456 (Rank unchanged from last year)
  2. password (Unchanged)
  3. 123456789 (Up 3)
  4. 12345678 (Down 1)
  5. 12345 (Unchanged)
  6. 111111 (New)
  7. 1234567 (Up 1)
  8. sunshine (New)
  9. qwerty (Down 5)
  10. iloveyou (Unchanged)
  11. princess (New)
  12. admin (Down 1)
  13. welcome (Down 1)
  14. 666666 (New)
  15. abc123 (Unchanged)
  16. football (Down 7)
  17. 123123 (Unchanged)
  18. monkey (Down 5)
  19. 654321 (New)
  20. !@#$%^ (New)
  21. charlie (New)
  22. aa123456 (New)
  23. donald (New)
  24. password1 (New)
  25. qwerty123 (New)
How to create a strong password? Always use a password of mixed characters, and if possible, make it longer than twelve characters. Avoid popular names and terms for your password, and try using different passwords for each of your logins. 

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