How ‘password’ and ‘123456’ top list of worst passwords in 2020

*Experts say these weak passwords have been cracked millions of times by hackers

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Password manager NordPass has released its annual list of the worst passwords, and 2020’s list includes many of the same weak passwords as years prior.

Agency report says consumers are still protecting their data with simple passwords that are infamous for being easy to crack, according to this year’s list.

NordPass, for instance, has disclosed it found that millions of people are still using “password” and “123456” as passwords.

The firm said the latter has been breached more than 23 million times.

Though many people may choose variations of the number bar because it’s quick and easy to type, research yet has found that these frequently used passwords take less than a second to crack. Combinations of adjacent keys, such as “asdfghjkl” or “qwertyuiop,” have also been found to be highly vulnerable to cracking.

On the worst passwords of 2020, NordPass’s full list contains 200 of the most commonly used passwords, ranked by metrics such as how many times each password has been exposed and how long it would take an unauthorised party to crack it.

Below are the top 20 worst passwords of the year, according to the organisation.

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. picture1
  4. password
  5. 12345678
  6. 111111
  7. 123123
  8. 12345
  9. 1234567890
  10. senha
  11. 1234567
  12. qwerty
  13. abc123
  14. Million2
  15. 000000
  16. 1234
  17. iloveyou
  18. aaron431
  19. password1
  20. qqww1122

Therefore, in protecting your sensitive data from being exposed, NordPass recommends making sure all passwords are unique and complex.

It explained this can be made easier through the use of a password manager or a third-party service like LastPass or Apple’s iCloud Keychain.

The body suggests enabling two-factor authentication when possible and deleting any old or inactive accounts.

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