Bad passwords: the worst examples of 2019 revealed

We all know how important it is to have a safe and secure password to protect our accounts and personal details, but that doesn’t mean some of us don’t get lazy when it comes to thinking up a password.

Friday, 20th December 2019, 2:42 pm
Updated Friday, 20th December 2019, 2:43 pm

SplashData has released its least secure passwords of 2019 - do you need to tighten up your online security?

The worst passwords of 2019

These are the top 10 worst passwords:

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Is your password on this list? (Photo: Shutterstock)
Is your password on this list? (Photo: Shutterstock)

123456 123456789 qwerty password 1234567 12345678 12345 iloveyou 111111 123123

SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said, “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.

“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 alphanumeric patterns.”

How to create a secure password

This is the advice that Digital Trends offers when it comes to creating a secure password:

- Don’t use the same password across your online accounts. It’s important to use different passwords so that if someone does get one password, they don’t have access to all your accounts

- Strong passwords tend to be longer, contain upper and lower case letters and include numbers and symbols too. These passwords also shouldn’t contain any reference to your personal information

- Use a password manager - some of them will even generate secure passwords for you

Most hacked accounts

Earlier this year it was revealed by internet security experts DynaRisk that some of the most hacked online accounts are Netflix, Spotify and EA.

Six hundred different brands were investigated by DynaRisk, which found that gaming, streaming and pornography sites were some of the most targeted by hijackers.

Other sites that often fell frequently to security breaches included online retail giant Amazon, social media platform Facebook and Xbox and Sony entertainment websites.

Hackers often target bigger brands to steal user information and also for the monetary benefits. For example, Netflix and Spotify are perfect targets for hackers who can then resell the stolen credentials to willing customers who want an account for a fraction of the retail cost.