By Sean Keach, Digital Technology and Science Editor
Cybersecurity boffs have revealed the most common passwords used this year – and you should avoid them at all costs.
The dodgy passwords were tracked down by analysing more than 5million passwords exposed during online leaks globally – including data on Brits and Americans.
According to cybersecurity firm SplashData, around 10% of people have used at least one of the worst 25 passwords.
And around 3% of people have used the worst password: 123456.
That, along with runner-up “password”, have remained unchanged since the previous year’s listing.
In third place is 123456789, up three places from last year.
New additions to the list include 111111, which now holds sixth spot, as well as “sunshine” in eighth and “princess” eleventh.
And it turns out that your love of Donald Trump could get you hacked in 2018.
That’s because the password “donald” is a new entry on the list for 2018, coming in at 23rd worst overall.
“Sorry, Mr. President, but this is not fake news – using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData.
“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.”
Gadget users have been told to use long, complicated passwords for years.
And it’s also advised to use different passwords for every single account you own.
But as the number of online accounts people use has grown significantly, it’s become near-impossible to remember all of your passwords.
This partly explains why people often resort to easy-to-recall passwords like “
How to stay safe from hackers
- Use passphrases of twelve characters or more with mixed types of characters.
- Use a different password for each of your logins. That way, if a hacker gets access to one of your passwords, they will not be able to use it to access other sites.
- Protect your assets and personal identity by using a password manager to organize passwords, generate secure random passwords, and automatically log into websites.