Graphic lists the 25 worst passwords of 2018.
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The worst computer passwords of the year

By Ninian Carter

December 19, 2018 - After evaluating five million passwords leaked on the internet, the annual list of worst passwords shows that many of us still use lame passwords.

Security software firm SplashData found that computer users continue to use the same lame, easily guessable passwords as they have done in previous years. Anyone using these passwords is putting themselves at substantial risk of being hacked and having their identities or financial information stolen by hackers.

Each year, SplashData evaluates millions of leaked passwords to determine which were most used by computer users during that year.

Even with well publicised risks being common knowledge by most, millions of people still use weak passwords to protect their online information.

2018 was the fifth consecutive year that “123456” and “password” retained the top two spots on the list, with the next five being simple numerical strings. However, new in at number 23 is “donald” – an obvious reference to the United States’ divisive President Trump.

NOTE: In case you didn’t recognize the sequence !@#$%^&* is numbers 1-8 on a keyboard if you press and hold shift

PUBLISHED: 19/12/2018; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Apple handout
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