According to SplashData’s eighth annual list of Top Worst Passwords of 2018 and after evaluating more than 5 million passwords leaked on the Internet, the SplashData company found that users continue using the same predictable, easily guessable passwords. “123456” and “password” continue in the number one and two spots, respectively.
The US President Trump debuted on this year’s list with “Donald” showing up as the 23rd most frequently used password. Each year, The SplashData evaluates millions of leaked passwords to determine which passwords were most used by computer users during that year. The company says that even with the risks well known, many millions of people continue to use weak, easily-guessable passwords to protect their online information.
2018 was the fifth consecutive year that “123456” and “password” retained their top two spots on the list. SplashData estimates that almost 10% of people have used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on this year’s list, and nearly 3% of people have used the worst password, 123456. According to SplashData, over five million leaked passwords evaluated for the 2018 list were mostly held by users in North America and Western Europe. The Passwords leaked from hacks of adult websites were not included in this report.
To help protect computer users from hackers, SplashData is offering the full list of 100 Top Worst Passwords of 2018, a free one-year subscription for individuals to its Gpass password manager, and a TeamsID demo for businesses.