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The 25 worst passwords of 2018 prove humans are still pretty dumb

Honestly, if you’ve ever used the password “password” you should probably reevaluate your life.

Every year, SplashData uncovers the most used passwords for computer users and compiles a list of the worst 25. This year, the 8th annual study revealed that none of us are getting any more tech-savvy as we continue to use the same, dumb passwords.

Of over 5 million leaked passwords, the most common password was the very clever “12345”, with “password” following not too far behind. These rankings, unfortunately, have not changed from last year’s results, which basically means a whole bunch of us have pretty average computer literacy skills.

Coming in at number three was a pretty creative password. Brace yourselves.

123456789.

We’re not even joking. People really think these passwords are adequate protection against hackers.

Interestingly, coming in at #23 was a new password trend. It definitely makes us cringe… but maybe that’s the point?

Number 23: Donald.

Yes. The President of the United States of America. Donald. Why though? Can someone actually let us know?

Here’s the top 25:

  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)

SplashData has estimated that at least 10 per cent of us have used at least one of the passwords on the list. So, if you fit this 10 per cent, you need to have a good look at yourself.

Oh, and we recommend you all go and check your passwords against the full list. Now.

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