The word “password” and the numbers “123456” are the most commonly used passwords for the fifth year in a row, according to an annual ranking of the worst passwords to use published by the software company SplashData.
But another password made the list for the first time this year: “donald.”
SplashData analyzed more than 5 million passwords that were leaked on the internet, and just like the seven previous years, people continue to set easy-to-guess passwords that rely on strings of letters and numbers that are close to each other on keyboards, according to a news release.
In addition to perennial favorites, such as “1234567” and “12345678,” the list of ill-advised passwords for 2018 included newcomers “ ‘! $%& ? (the special characters that correspond to 1234567, ranked 20th), and “donald,” ranked 23rd.
The popularity of “football” (16th) fell seven spots from last year’s list, “princess” (11th) returned after taking a hiatus, and “iloveyou” was unchanged, rounding out the top 10 worst passwords.
“Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online because they know so many people are using those easy-to-remember combinations,” SplashData chief executive Morgan Slain said.
Undeterred from the most basic security advice, millions of people keep using the same weak passwords, according to SplashData. Many use the same number typed over and over, like the sixth-worst password on the list: “111111.”