The Worst Passwords of 2019 (They really are bad!)

by Robert Best on December 24, 2019
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What type of password do you use? One that is easy to remember or a really complex one? Do you rely on a password manager or are your passwords saved in a browser?

Whatever you do you will want to steer clear of any entry on the Worst Password list. For the 9th year in a row password management company, SplashData has complied their 50 worst passwords of the year.

SplashData looked through more than 5 million passwords that were leaked online. Number 1 on the list is the ever predictable '123456' closely followed by '123456789'. Old favourite 'password' has fallen two places to number 4 with 'qwerty' moving up into the number 3 spot.

Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online, and we think these and other efforts are finally starting to pay off,” SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a statement. “We can tell that over the years people have begun moving toward more complex passwords, though they are still not going far enough as hackers can figure out simple alphanumeric patterns.

With massive data breaches still happening regularly, it's incredible that these common and obvious passwords are still being used. One easy way to avoid having an obvious and weak password, or using the same password for all accounts is to use a password manager.

Here is the 2019 list of the worst passwords:

  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
  26. 666666
  27. 1qaz2wsx
  28. 333333
  29. michael
  30. sunshine
  31. liverpool
  32. 777777
  33. 1q2w3e4r5t
  34. donald
  35. freedom
  36. football
  37. charlie
  38. letmein
  39. !@#$%^&*
  40. secret
  41. aa123456
  42. 987654321
  43. zxcvbnm
  44. passw0rd
  45. bailey
  46. nothing
  47. shadow
  48. 121212
  49. biteme
  50. ginger

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