There are tons of cybercriminals out there looking to rip us off. Phishing scams, ransomware and spoofed websites are just some of their favorite tricks.
However, it’s not always an ingenious plot that gets us in trouble. Sometimes, it’s self-inflicted wounds that get us in online binds. Tap or click here to learn how scammers are spoofing websites in clever phishing scams.
For example, you’re setting yourself up if you’re still using those weak passwords that have been around since the early ’90s. Let’s look at the 50 worst passwords that were used in 2019.
The shockingly worst passwords of the year
No matter how great the number of security risks is, people just don’t take warnings seriously enough. Tap or click here to read about some of the biggest data breaches of 2019.
Even with all those threats, people are still using passwords like “qwerty” — in 2019 no less! Don’t be one of those people. If you are using any of the following passwords for any online accounts, please change them ASAP. If you need some help, tap or click here for 5 ways to create strong passwords.
With that said, here are the worst 50 passwords of 2019, according to SplashData:
- [email protected]#$%^&*
Again, if you’re using any of the passwords on this list, you need to change it immediately! It would take literal seconds for someone to access your accounts, and that’s how you can get your identity stolen.
While passwords help protect your information, they are just one line of defense. If a cybercriminal breaks into your accounts, you may not recognize the damage until it’s too late.
That’s why two-factor (2FA) authentication is so important. Using text messages, emails or special apps, an account-holder will receive a notification every time a password is changed, entered on a new device or accessed from a new location.
You will have to verify that it’s you attempting to gain access, which is why it’s so effective at keeping your accounts secure. Tap or click here to learn more about 2FA and how to implement it.