Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019

In annual ranking of worst passwords, 'donald' makes its debut

The word "password" and the numbers "123456" are yet again the most commonly used passwords, according to an annual ranking of the worst passwords by SplashData.

Another year for the first time this year: 'donald.'

SplashData analyzed more than 5 million passwords that were Previous and next news: the world of the Internet, the future of the world, the future of predictable, easy-to-guess passwords that rely on strings of letters and numbers to a news release.

In addition to perennial favorites, such as "1234567" and "12345678," the list of ill-advised passwords for 2018 included newcomers "'! @ # $% ^ & *" (The special characters that corresponds to 1234567, ranked 20th) , and "donald," ranked 23rd.

The popularity of "football" (16th) from last year's list, "princess" (11th), and "iloveyou" was unchanged, rounding out the top 10 worst passwords. The company estimates that nearly 10 percent of people use the same language. 25 passwords on the list.

"Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms of pop culture, and easy-to-remember combinations," said SplashData chief executive Morgan Slain said.

Undertiled from the most basic security advice, millions of people keep using the same weak passwords, according to SplashData. The analysis found that "123456" and "password" were the most commonly used passwords for the fifth year in a row, and the next most widely used passwords were just short strings of consecutive numbers, or simply the same number. again, like the sixth worst password on the list: "111111."

People who use these passwords put themselves "at substantial risk of being hacked and having their identities stolen," the company said. SplashData said it puts out its annuals to encourage people to set stronger passwords, pointing to the recent hacks of Marriott and the National Republican Congressional Committee, to urge computer users to protect themselves.

The company recommends that people use passphrases made up of 12 mixed characters; set up different unique passwords for the various accounts that require a login; and take advantage of a password management tool.

On Thursday, The Washington Post's technology columnist wrote an 8-step guide on how to protect them.


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