After many cases in which various accounts have been hacked and after we have been told that account security is extremely important, it seems that we have not yet learned to protect our accounts.
If we look back to 2013, the worst passwords still commonly used included “123456” and “password”. Now, after 7 years, these examples are still valid.
What are the most used and worst passwords?
After analyzing 275,699,516 passwords disclosed during a 2020 data breach, NordPass found that the most common passwords are incredibly easy to guess – and could take less than a second or two for attackers to log into accounts. using these accreditations. Only 44% of those registered were considered “unique”.
The password management solution provider published its annual password security status report, finding that the most popular options were “123456”, “123456789”, “image1”, “password” and “12345678”.
With the exception of “image1”, which would take about three hours to decipher using a brute force attack, each password would take a few seconds using either dictionary scripts – which compile common phrases and numerical combinations to try – or simple, human riddles. .
It seems that many of us are still reluctant to use a strong, hard-to-break password – and instead prefer options like “football”, “iloveyou”, “letmein” and “pokemon”.
The 10 most common passwords of 2020, based on the NordPass dataset, are listed below:
What can you do to build a stronger password?
When choosing a password, you should avoid patterns or repetitions, such as letters or numbers that are next to each other on a keyboard.
Adding capital letters, symbols, and numbers in unexpected places can also help – and in all cases, you shouldn’t use personal information inside your password, such as your birth date or name.
While providers need to be reminded that allowing easy and simple combinations does nothing to protect user privacy and security, it is also up to us to take responsibility for our own accounts.
If you find it difficult to remember complex passwords for different accounts, you can use an aggregator or password safe.