ID Agent, a dark web monitoring company owned by IT software company Kaseya, says it identified the most common stolen passwords found on the dark web in 2020 based on a scan of nearly 3 million passwords.
If you don’t know what the dark web is, then you’re better off staying in the dark, and away from the dark web.
The analysis found that fifty-nine percent of Americans use a person’s name or birthday in their passwords, while 33% include a pet’s name, and 22% use their own name. The average user also reused their bad password 14 times.
I’ll admit that I have used one of our dog’s name in a password once or twice. For whatever reason, I stopped doing so years ago.
When looking at the top 20 passwords found on the dark web in 2020, I find it shocking, despite years of begging people not to use many of these passwords, that they are still so being used. I’m also surprised that such simple passwords are so popular on the dark web; I would have thought people using such a site would have been relatively sophisticated tech people who knew the importance of having a good password. I’m also surprised that sites would allow such passwords, since it seems to me that most of the web sites I visit require a combination of lowercase, uppercase, numbers, and special characters when creating a password.
Here’s the list:
As you can see, only one of them has a special character, and only five of them have an uppercase letter.
I’m also surprised that there are no variations on some of these popular choices, such as wordpass or 87654321 or p1a2s3s4.
I’m also not sure why stratfor, lemonfish, and sunshine are so popular. Maybe it’s a dark web thing.
Hopefully, no one reading this post is currently using any of these passwords. If you are, feel free to use one of my variations. That should be enough to keep the hackers away.
And I just thought of one I might use some day: JimmyLikesStats!
Wait, did I just ruin that password for myself?