- Spotify will soon let you block R. Kelly Monday 6:01 PM
- New Click to Pray app lets you pray with Pope Francis Monday 5:30 PM
- Social media influencer known for hiking in bikinis dead at 36 Monday 4:54 PM
- Trump posts altered pics on social media to make fingers look longer, report Monday 3:20 PM
- Twitch user banned after telling woman to ‘kill yourself’ during stream Monday 3:06 PM
- Facebook introduces ‘Community Actions’ tool to petition the government Monday 2:04 PM
- Sarah Sanders, NRA deliver truly misguided MLK tributes today Monday 12:58 PM
- MAGA teen who confronted Native elder says he ‘respects all races’ Monday 12:57 PM
- Popular YouTube channel in danger of disappearing because of copyright claims Monday 12:24 PM
- The Krassensteins’ Reddit AMA gets trolled off the internet Monday 12:08 PM
- No, Trump didn’t break open the Pizzagate scandal in 2011 Monday 11:23 AM
- Producer of anti-abortion film says Facebook refuses to run his ads Monday 10:58 AM
- Ja Rule thinks he was also a victim of Fyre Fest Monday 10:21 AM
- YouTube beef between RiceGum and H3H3 gets ugly—and personal Monday 10:02 AM
- ‘Fox & Friends’ accidentally airs obituary graphic for Ruth Bader Ginsburg Monday 9:40 AM
Please, people, stop using “123456” and “password” as your passwords. This might surprise you, but they are terrible. These incredibly easy-to-guess passwords topped SplashData’s list of the worst passwords of 2018. And 2017. And 2016.
Since the advent of the internet, people have been using simple, easy-to-guess passwords that make hackers’ jobs shamefully easy. Despite a plethora of guides on how to create easy to remember—but difficult to guess—passwords, many people fall back on this short list of overused terms and combinations.
President Donald Trump made an appearance on this year’s list, as did “princess” and “654321.” Those weren’t the only newcomers to the list, however.
The worst 25 passwords of 2018
- [email protected]#$%^&*
If you saw your password on this list, maybe think about changing it up for 2019. There are even apps that will keep track of your passwords for you, so really, you have no excuse.
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Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.