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And the Award for the Worst Password of the Year goes to…

I was robbed once, years ago. While my husband and I sat watching TV in the lounge, a very quiet gentleman snuck in through the back door, grabbed our various devices that were charging on the kitchen bench and my wallet and left the door open on his way out. Once we realised, we sat at my computer and watched our money disappear from our bank account while on the phone to the police. It was very disconcerting. Later we got to see a photo from the ATM machine which was from too high up to see his face, though we did notice he wore sneakers – for sneaking. You see I had made a terrible mistake, my pin number was too easy to guess. I had converted my name, Gina, into numbers on a keypad and since the man had two of my cards and my drivers license he had six chances to guess it right – genius. Luckily the bank came to the party and restored our lost funds but they won’t now if your pin or your password is too weak (since so much of our banking is done online). And while we can probably agree that losing money is the worst case scenario, having a weak password for other services can cause endless headaches as well. It could leave you vulnerable to scams, identity theft, terrible viruses etc, etc.

Despite all this, a good portion of the population continues to use very guessable passwords. Techcrunch.com has released this list of the worst passwords of 2018 – apparently ‘donald’ has made the list this year!

Here are the terrible passwords in all their predicable glory:

  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. qwerty123

Honestly, who is using princess?? Apparently a full 10% of people are still using one of these 25 terrible passwords. And three percent are using number 1. Come on people, use some creativity; you want a password that your spouse or BFF couldn’t even guess. If you can’t remember your random or cryptic password, Simon suggests writing it down in an actual physical notebook. Except your online banking password – that one you want in your brain only, and only in YOUR brain. Make sure it’s different to every other password you use.

And don’t base your credit card pin number on any information that can also be found in your wallet 🙂



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