Search

Hackers Love These Passwords

Make sure you don't use any of these as your password.

Yellow sticky note on top of computer keyboard with "my password 12345678" written on it in black magic marker

A new report from mobile security firm Lookout lists the 20 passwords most commonly found in leaked account information on the dark web. The list ranges from simple number and letter sequences like “123456” and “Qwerty” to easily typed phrases like “Iloveyou.” This is in addition to a record number of data breaches U.S. companies and individuals experienced last year - 1,862. This was a 68% increase over 2020.


Using an easy-to-remember password is tempting, but they are easy for hackers to test and figure out. The current Russian-Ukrainian conflict is likely to result in an uptick in cyberattacks around the world, with U.S. banks the most probable target.


Lookout.com states that 80% of online consumers have had their emails leaked onto the dark web. You don't think this means you? The odds are against you, and you wouldn't even know you're information has been compromised. If you've ever received an email from an unknown sender offering products you've never shopped for or alerts that an Amazon or PayPal account has been compromised, your email has been leaked.


Leaked emails give hackers easy access to your online accounts, and if you use any of the following passwords, hackers can steal your money and identity.


Twenty Passwords most commonly found on the dark web due to data breaches:


  1. 123456

  2. 123456789

  3. Qwerty

  4. Password

  5. 12345

  6. 12345678

  7. 111111

  8. 1234567

  9. 123123

  10. Qwerty123

  11. 1q2w3e

  12. 1234567890

  13. DEFAULT

  14. 0

  15. Abc123

  16. 654321

  17. 123321

  18. Qwertyuiop

  19. Iloveyou

  20. 666666

If you are currently using any of these passwords, you should change them immediately. If you aren't sure what to use, the following chart may help you determine what may be a truly safe password. Experts say that a series of words is the hardest password to break, such as "Theresnowayyoullguessmypassword." But, use it only once!


Chart that shows how quickly hackers can brute force a password based on the number of characters in the password