The 15 Most Commonly Used Passwords That You Shouldn't Use

Dec 17, 2019

Despite the constant warnings and recommendations that we should use strong passwords, millions of people still use the default password or a simple password to protect their online accounts. For the seventh year, SplashData, a password manager software publisher, released a list of the most used passwords in 2018 (i.e. the most easily hacked passwords and the worst passwords that you could use). They estimate that no fewer than 10 percent of people "have used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on this year's list" and almost 3 percent of people have used the most common password on the list, '123456'.

Here are the fifteen most common passwords used in 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

Using a basic, easy to guess, password like one from this list makes your account more susceptible to hacking and weakens the security of your network. Make sure to use a strong password and enable Multifactor Authentication (MFA)  whenever it is available. MFA enabled on the accounts used for your business can protect you if one of your employees fails to set a strong password and instead uses one that made the list of most used passwords.


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