How Are People Still Using These Passwords In 2019?

How Are People Still Using These Passwords In 2019?
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Don’t use bad passwords. Not even for stupid stuff. Because the dumb social network you join today might add a wallet or a cloud service or a camera some day, and before you know it, the only thing stopping someone from draining your bank account and spying on your home is the word “dragon.”

“Dragon” was the 23rd most-popular password in 2019, according to SplashData, makers of the password managers SplashID, TeamsID, and Gpass. It replaces “Donald,” which was especially popular last year, and “starwars,” which was a top choice in 2017.

Here are all 25 of the most popular passwords of the year, judging by how often they showed up in data breaches. See the full 100 worst passwords on SplashData’s site.

  1. 123456

  2. 123456789

  3. qwerty

  4. password

  5. 1234567

  6. 12345678

  7. 12345

  8. iloveyou

  9. 111111

  10. 123123

  11. abc123

  12. qwerty123

  13. 1q2w3e4r

  14. admin

  15. qwertyuiop

  16. 654321

  17. 555555

  18. lovely

  19. 7777777

  20. welcome

  21. 888888

  22. princess

  23. dragon

  24. password1

  25. 123qwe

Any password that’s extremely popular is bad by definition, because hackers (and their software) are more likely to guess it. It doesn’t matter how “weird” a password looks if everyone uses it. Use a password manager, and have it make giant passwords for you, which it will also remember for you. And enable two-factor authentication.

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