Once again, in the most common passwords of 2018, SplashData returns with the 2018 Worst Passwords of the Year list. This list was determined after evaluating over 5 million passwords that have leaked online in the last year.
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Most Common Passwords of 2018 by SplashData
The numbers in parentheses denote the position change in the password list. New refers to a new position on the list, 0 refers to the same position (unchanged), positive numbers mean the entry has gone up, and finally, a negative number means the entry went down the list.
- 123456 (0)
- password (0)
- 123456789 (3)
- 12345678 (-1)
- 12345 (0)
- 111111 (New)
- 1234567 (1)
- sunshine (New)
- qwerty (-5)
- iloveyou (0)
- princess (New)
- admin (-1)
- welcome (-1)
- 666666 (New)
- abc123 (0)
- football (-7)
- 123123 (0)
- monkey (-5)
- 654321 (New)
- !@#$%^&* (New)
- charlie (New)
- aa123456 (New)
- donald (New)
- password1 (New)
- qwerty123 (New)
Comparison of the Most Common Passwords from 2011 to 2018 by SplashData
Since 2011, SplashData has published a list of the 25 most common passwords each year. The list is based on data examined from millions of passwords leaked in data breaches, mostly in North America and Western Europe, year over year.
Most Common Passwords of 2018 Observations
The top 2 slots in the worst passwords of the year remain unchanged for the 5th year in a row. They are still “123456” and “password.” The next 5 spots go to number patterns like “123456789” and “111111.”
“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.”Morgan Slain, SplashData CEO
SplashData hopes that creating these common password lists will at least prompt readers to take security a little more seriously and create stronger passwords. A strong password isn’t everything, but it’s up there for important things you must do.
“Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online. It’s a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks such as Marriott and the National Republican Congressional Committee, that people continue putting themselves at such risk year-after-year.”Morgan Slain, SplashData CEO
- The most popular passwords of 2018 revealed: Are yours on the list? by WeLiveSecurity
- The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2018 Will Make You Feel Like a Security Genius by Gizmodo
To compare against last year’s passwords, check out our previous Most Common Passwords of 2017 post.