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World's Worst Passwords and Why People Use Them

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By William Vogeler, Esq. on April 24, 2019

Everybody hates having to come up with yet another password. Perhaps that's why so many people use the same password. For example, some 23.2 million people used "123456" as their password last year.

That's also why they all got hacked; it's one of the worst passwords ever. Here is a list of the most hacked passwords, and here's hoping that yours is not on the list.

'123456 Password'

If "123456" is the worst, "password" has got to be the second worst. According to reports, 3.6 million people used "password" on their way to getting hacked in 2018.

Sadly, the list of bad passwords from last year is almost the same for 2019. It just shows that people can be really lazy when trying to come up with a password. The top most used passwords for 2019 are:

  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • qwerty
  • password
  • 11111111

We could go on, but you can probably guess what the top 20 worst passwords are. That, of course, is the problem.

Tens of millions of people use their own names; Ashley, Michael, Daniel, Jessica, and Charlie are the most used. If not their own names, they use the names of their favorite sports teams, musicians, or superheros. Superman, Batman, Pokeman, and Tigger alone count for 1 million passwords.

Please Stop

It's a head-scratcher -- except to hackers -- and it spans continents. In Liverpool, for example, the National Cyber Security Centre asked Liverpool Football Club fans to stop using "Liverpool" as their password. Criminals hacked into about 280,000 of their accounts last year. It apparently happened 216,000 times to Chelsea football fans, too. No surprise they got hacked; a little surprising they have that many fans.

On the other hand, using a super-secure password could become a problem. In one case, a cryptocurrency founder created chaos for his company with an encrypted system. When he suddenly died, no one knew the password to the cryptobank. That left $137 million locked in an uncrackable safe.

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