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Donald Is One of 2018s Worst Passwords

first_imgStay on target We can and must do better when it comes to digital security.In its eighth annual list of Worst Passwords of the Year, SplashData confirmed that folks are still using the same predictable, easily guessable codes.Case in point: “123456” and “password” remain leading choices among idiots everywhere.Variations on the numbered phrase—”123456789,” “12345678,” “12345”—round out the top five.These not-so-secret codes, however easy to remember, put a target on users’ backs, making them an obvious mark for hackers (or a monkey with a keyboard).Speaking of primates with power… President Trump debuted on this year’s list, with “donald” appearing as the 23rd most commonly used password (based on more than 5 million leaked on the Internet).<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;Sorry, Mr. President, but this is not fake news—using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision,&#8221; SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a statement.</span></p><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online,&#8221; he continued, &#8220;because they know so many people are using those easy-to-remember combinations.&#8221;</span></p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-2″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>SplashData&#8217;s Worst Passwords of 2018:</span></p><ol><li style=”list-style-type: none;”><ol><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>123456 (unchanged)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>password (unchanged)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>123456789 (up three)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>12345678 (down one)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>12345 (unchanged)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>111111 (new)</span></li><li>1234567 (up one)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>sunshine (new)</span></li><li>qwerty (down five)</li><li>iloveyou (unchanged)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>princess (new)</span></li><li>admin (down one)</li><li>welcome (down one)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>666666 (new)</span></li><li>abc123 (unchanged)</li><li>football (down seven)</li><li>123123 (unchanged)</li><li>monkey (down five)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>654321 (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>[email protected]#$%^&amp;* (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>charlie (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>aa123456 (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>donald (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>password1 (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>qwerty123 (new)</span></li></ol></li></ol><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Password management application provider SplashData estimates almost 10 percent of people use at least one of these 25 phrases. Nearly 3 percent have used the worst offender, &#8220;123456.&#8221;</span></p><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online,&#8221; according to Slain.</span></p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-3″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;It&#8217;s a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks,&#8221; he said, &#8220;that people continue putting themselves at such risk year after year.&#8221;</span></p><p><i><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>More on Geek.com:</span></i></p><ul><li><a href=”https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407168,00.asp” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Best Passwords Managers of 2018 (PCMag)</a></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><a href=”https://www.geek.com/tech-science-3/gop-contractor-leaks-information-on-200-million-americans-1704131/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>GOP Contractor Leaks Information on 200 Million Americans</span></a></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><a href=”https://www.geek.com/tech/how-to-lose-friends-and-alienate-people-breach-personal-privacy-1739177/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>How to Lose Friends and Alienate People: Breach Personal Privacy</span></a></li></ul><p> For the Love of God, Stop Using the Password ‘123456’Oops: Facebook Stored ‘Hundreds of Millions’ of Passwords in Plain Text last_img

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