The Worst Passwords of 2019

 

A small note with a bad password written on it, placed on top of a laptop computer.

 

The year is 2019. We have a relatively better understanding of corporate security hygiene and know what could exactly go wrong if we keep using insecure passwords. 

Yet the password management struggle is real and it is hitting businesses hard

Given the fact that stolen or reused passwords are responsible for 80% of hacking-related breaches, it’s high time for businesses to fix their overall security posture and step up their cybersecurity game. 

While more and more businesses are taking this concern seriously and are implementing security measures like password management, multi-factor authentication (MFA), and single sign-on (SSO), it is unfortunate to witness that people still aren’t letting go of poor password habits. 

NordPass came up with a database of 500 million leaked passwords and ranked them based on their usage in its list of worst passwords in 2019. Keep reading for some of the worst of the bunch. 

 

The Top 51 Worst Passwords of 2019 

In this list, you’ll recognize some old standbys like “123456” and “password” in the top spots. But there are some unexpected ones here, too. 

For example, passwords like zinch and g_czechout may seem harder to crack, yet they still made it to the 7th and 8th positions, respectively.

You’ll also see popular female names like Jasmine, Jennifer. Another popular tactic is using a string of letters that forms a pattern or a line on the keyboard. Popular examples include asdfghjkl and 1qaz2wsx. 

Here they all are in top ranking order.

RankPasswordCount 
1123452812220
21234562485216
31234567891052268
4test1993756
5password830846
612345678512560
7zinch483443
8g_czechout372278
9asdf359520
10qwerty348762
111234567890329341
121234567261610
13Aa123456.212903
14iloveyou171657
151234169683
16abc123150977
17111111148079
18123123145365
19dubsmash144104
20test139624
21princess122658
22122658116273
23sunshine107202
24BvtTest123106991
2511111104395
26ashley94557
270000092927
2800000092330
29password192009
30monkey86404
31livetest83677
325555583004
33soccer80159
34charlie78914
35asdfghjkl77360
3665432176498
37family76007
38michael71035
3912332169727
40football68495
41baseball67981
42q1w2e3r4t5y666586
43nicole64992
44jessica63498
45purple62709
46shadow62592
47hannah62394
48chocolate62325
49michelle61873
50daniel61643
51maggie61445

 

Now that you’ve seen the worst passwords, what’s next? If your employees or you use any of these, then improving the password hygiene of your enterprise should be your New Year resolution. But what about your customers? Unfortunately, they may not follow good password hygiene. 

Why is password hygiene not taken seriously? 

Why do we see the same passwords on the top of the list every year? Why do users end up reusing the same bad password on multiple accounts? 

The answer is twofold.

The first reason is that they’re easy to remember. Most people prefer to use easy passwords instead of stressing their brains out to remember long, complex ones. Unfortunately, they also reuse the same passwords across different accounts, leaving everything vulnerable if one of these is compromised.  

The second? Customers may think their information is insignificant and no hacker would care about them. In turn, they forget that hackers can lock them out of their accounts. To get back into their accounts, the legitimate users may end up paying thousands of dollars in ransom to regain control.

So the question remains: How can businesses better protect their users’ information?

How can you improve password security?

As our worst passwords list shows, you can’t stop everyone from using bad passwords. However, you can prevent hackers from accessing passwords by using a Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) solution. Here’s how.

An Identity Platform can help companies implement complex hashing algorithms that protect passwords during transit or at rest. This is an effective way to prevent data from being exposed to hackers. 

With the increase in frequency and complexity of attacks, companies could also utilize additional features like two-factor authentication, risk-based authentication, and passwordless login.

By implementing these features, companies can add additional security to customer accounts. This will help prevent data breaches and compromised accounts.

A CIAM solution also saves resources. Your support and development teams can devote their time to growing your business rather than responding to data breaches. 

Overall, bad passwords coupled with smart hackers are a big problem for  businesses. To protect your company from costly hacks and breaches, you need cybersecurity that prevents access to your sensitive data. For state-of-the-art cybersecurity and enhanced customer experience, choose a globally-certified CIAM solution like LoginRadius. 

 


*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Identity Blog authored by lrregina. Read the original post at: https://www.loginradius.com/blog/2019/12/worst-passwords-list-2019/