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The 25 Most-Used Passwords in 2018 are Why Your Email Keeps Getting Hacked

Plus a tip on how to create an easy-to-remember, unhackable password
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A couple years back, Russia hacked an election. You might recall that. In 2018, billions of people were affected by massive security breaches across the world. Our collective wariness of artificial intelligence, data mining, and even voting machines has been heightened. And yet, we dumbass humans of the cyber world are still "securing" our digital entities with passwords so basic a precocious monkey with one (1) typewriter could hack them.

For the seventh year running, SplashData, which makes password manager applications, released a list of the 25 most used passwords in the last year, per Gizmodo. They also happen to be the worst passwords you can use. In 2018, new entries to the list included "princess" and "sunshine"—what lovely imagery—and "donald"—no thank you! And here's a hearty shout out to all those "admins" and "football" fanatics among us. But for most computer users, it seems the only criteria their password had to fill was "can my fingers reach it without my brain getting involved?" Check out the full list:

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  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. [email protected]#$%^&*
  21. charlie
  22. aa123456
  23. donald
  24. password1
  25. qwerty123

    And now for a Security 101 lesson, free of charge: Take four random words and mash them together into a phrase. For instance, a password like "blanketmusktargetcrap" is easy to remember and nearly impossible to guess. Tack on a special character if you must. Do not settle for "123456" or "password," unless you like making your financial and private information an easy target.

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    This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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