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The 25 worst passwords of 2019, and 8 tips for improving password security

February 13, 2020

Pop quiz: What has been the most popular — and therefore least secure — password every year since 2013? If you answered “password,” you’d be close. “Qwerty” is another contender for the dubious distinction, but the champion is the most basic, obvious password imaginable: “123456.”

Yes, tons of people still use “123456” as a password, according to SplashData’s top 25 most common passwords. It ranked second place in 2011 and 2012 and has been number one every year right through 2019. SplashData’s list is based on the company’s analysis of millions of passwords leaked on the internet.

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