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By Herb Weisbaum

Let’s be honest, passwords are a pain. We all know that good ones protect us from hackers, but it’s a real challenge to create and remember strong passwords for all our online accounts.

To deal with “password fatigue,” we create a few simple passwords, use them on multiple accounts and hope nothing bad happens.

“We all want what’s simple and easy, but that’s not good with passwords,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, an online security company specializing in password protection. “Using a simple password over and over again is dangerous because it creates a cascading risk for all of your online accounts.”

SplashData evaluates millions of leaked passwords each year to create its annual list of worst passwords. The latest report reveals the same predictable, easy-to-guess passwords that are simple to crack top the 2018 List of Worst 100 Passwords:

  • 123456
  • Password
  • 123456789
  • 12345678
  • 12345

Other lousy passwords include: 1111, admin, 123123, iloveyou, welcome and 123abc. SpashData estimates that almost 10 percent of computer users in North America and Western Europe have used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on this year’s list.

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