If you have an online account, be it for your social media website or an email, you will enjoy knowing that your password could be subject to a data breach. A new report from NordPass, a password management service, highlighted the worst passwords of 2020 being leaked online. Among them is “123456” which is the most guessable and insecure password found in the first position. The second most vulnerable password is “123456789” – literally all numbers available on the key panel of your phone or laptop except zero.
NordPass shared that these passwords are the most used, making it extremely easy for anyone to guess, let alone highly skilled hackers. In fact, these are the same passwords that have popped up repeatedly over the years. But despite the efforts of companies like NordPass, hardly anyone cares about changing their password creation habits. And because people tend to use one password for different accounts and to unlock a number of devices, they put a large portion of their online accounts and devices at risk when they choose one of these passwords.
Aside from the two numeric passwords, some other ridiculous passwords, according to NordPass, include “picture1 ′,” password “,” 12345678 ′, “111111 ′,” 123123 ′, “12345 ′,” 1234567890 ′, “senha”, “1234567 ′, ‘Qwerty’, ‘abc123 ′,’ Million2 ′, ‘000000 ′,’ 1234 ′, ‘iloveyou’, ‘aaron431 ′,’ password1 ′ and ‘qqww1122 ′. These passwords are only a single guess away and can unlock different web accounts that many people use at the same time.
NordPass also mentioned the worst passwords for several categories. For the personal name category, “aaron431” is the most common password with 90,000 users, while in the food name category “chocolate” it is the worst password with over 21,000 users. There are a total of 12 categories these passwords have been entered into: numbers, swear words, qwerty, device, names, passwords, sports, random letters, positive words, food and miscellaneous.
A large number of people, 37,000 to be exact according to NordPass, who use “pokemon” as a password for various web properties. “Iloveyou” is also among the worst passwords that many people have used, making it corner 17th. Although most of the passwords were transferred because people are still using them this year compared to previous years, 78 of those passwords were found new, according to the report.
NordPass mentioned some ways to create strong passwords in the report. “Never reuse passwords across multiple accounts. Create a unique one for each account and make them long – don’t settle for anything shorter than 12 characters, even longer, if you can. Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols to significantly reduce the risk of your passwords being hacked, ”the company noted in its report.
It makes sense for people to keep a password that is a combination of things or entities that only they know by heart. Using foolish passwords, including common numbers and names, is something that should be avoided at all times, especially when there are companies like NordPass who remember them every year.
According to a new report from NordPass, there are several easily guessed passwords and they shouldn’t be used.
- NordPass revealed the worst passwords of this year.
- “123456” and “iloveyou” are among these worst passwords.
- Some of these passwords top the chart every year.