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. In their ninth annual installment, SplashData, a password manager software publisher, released a list of the most used passwords in 2019 (i.e. the most easily hacked passwords and the worst passwords that you could use). The good news is that, for the first time ever, "password" no longer makes the top two! Bad news though, it's still in the top 5 most commonly used passwords. 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 2019:
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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Admin is a common default password that ships on internet connected devices and web-based applications. Often users neglect to change the default password when setting up their device and admin still makes this list at #14. To ensure that OpenEye devices use unique passwords, all OpenEye cameras and recorders automatically assign or require users to create a new password during initial setup.
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originally published Apr 18, 2019