What passwords do you use to protect your accounts on the internet? If it is the first name of the current US President or a string of the first six natural numbers, well your account is easily hackable, according to a SpashData report.
The eighth annual list of Worst Passwords of the Year contains a total of 100 entries which you should avoid using stated SplashData, a giant in the security applications domain.
The CEO of the company Morgan Slain, in a statement, said that “Sorry, Mr. President, but this is not fake news, using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision.”
The company analyzed passwords leaked on the internet, 5 million of them, to come up with a list which they put it as “predictable and easily guessable passwords”.
The top seven in the table of worst passwords are, “123456”, the word password itself and string of number sequences, “123456789”, “12345678”, “12345”, “111111” and “1234567”.
The list also contains “iloveyou”, “princess” and “donald” at ranks 10, 11 and 23, respectively.
A combination of special characters also turned out to be common, though for obvious reasons. At number 20 appears, “[email protected]#$%^&*”(all keys appear at shift up to number keys 1-7).
SplashData owns some of the key password management tools out there in the market; TeamsID, SplashID and Gpass.
The CEO also said that “Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online”.
The list of top 25 worst passwords is as follows:
- 5. 12345
- [email protected]#$%^&*