Yes, it is a chestnut tree. This is the time of year when many reports on password security are published. The opportunity to see of course if it improves over time. For example, going back to 2015, the worst used passwords were “123456” and “password”. Well, 5 years later, the situation is still so dire.
After analyzing 275,699,516 passwords leaked during data breaches in 2020, NordPass and its partners found that the most common are incredibly easy to guess, and that it takes less than a second for hackers to enter accounts using this information. Only 44% of registered account passwords are considered “unique”.
The password management solutions provider released its annual report on the state of password security on Wednesday, finding that the most popular options were “123456”, “123456789”, “picture1″, ” password “and” 12345678 “.
With the exception of “picture1”, which would take about three hours to decipher using a brute force attack, each password would take a few seconds to be cracked, using either dictionary scripts – which compile sentences and combinations digital devices to try – just a human guess.
It seems that many of us are still reluctant to use strong, hard-to-crack passwords. Instead, we choose options like “football”, “iloveyou”, “letmein” and “pokemon”.
So here are the 10 most common passwords of 2020, based on the NordPass dataset:
When choosing a password, avoid patterns or repetitions, such as letters or numbers that are side by side on a keyboard. Adding capital letters, symbols, and numbers in unexpected places can also help. In any case, you must not use personal information such as a date of birth or a name in your password. Pass phrases are also preferred.
If you have trouble remembering complex passwords for different accounts, you may want to consider using a password manager (see the video How to use a password manager?). If you need a place to start, check out our recommendations for the best password managers and safes in 2020.