For what seems like the umpteenth time, “123456” and “password” are in the top five most commonly used passwords again this year, according to SplashData, who evaluates millions of leaked passwords each year for its worst 100 passwords list.
Dragon, princess and iloveyou were also on the list.
“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,” a SplashData rep said in a statement online.
“Your password can ruin your life. I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. If someone figures out the password to your email, you’re in trouble. Social media? Even worse. Once hackers access your online bank account, they can wreck your finances, and you may feel the repercussions of that break-in for years.
“In the U.S., it’s almost comically easy to hack someone’s life. All you need are a few numbers to access most smartphones, a string of characters to access most email accounts and a handful of biographical details to steal most identities.
“This is particularly important in a time when passwords are easier than ever to crack. While passwords themselves can be bypassed, it’s still important to keep passwords strong to protect against brute force attacks, which is when hackers try guessing your password over and over until they’re successful.”
Following are the top 25 most common passwords for 2019; for the complete list go here.