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Recent data shows a new entrant in the list is US President Donald Trump’s first name and it is one of the easiest passwords to guess

New Delhi: While “123456” and “password” continued to retain the top two slot in the list of worst passwords to have, recent data shows a new entrant in the list is “donald” and it is one of the easiest passwords to guess.

SplashData, a provider of password management applications for over 15 years, examined over 5 million passwords leaked on the Internet and found out that computer users continue using the same predictable, easily guessable passwords. This was the eighth annual list of Worst Passwords of the Year released by the organisation.

Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, said, “Sorry, Mr President, but this is not fake news – using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision.”

“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,” he added.

“Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online,” says Slain.

“It’s a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicised hacks such as Marriott and the National Republican Congressional Committee, that people continue putting themselves at such risk year-after-year.”

The worst passwords of 2018:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 123456789
  4. 12345678
  5. 12345
  6. 111111
  7. 1234567
  8. sunshine
  9. qwerty
  10. iloveyou
  11. princess
  12. admin
  13. welcome
  14. 666666
  15. abc123
  16. football
  17. 123123
  18. monkey
  19. 654321
  20. !@#$%^&*
  21. charlie
  22. aa123456
  23. donald
  24. password1
  25. qwerty123
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