It never ceases to amaze me that, despite many warnings over many years to the contrary, people continue to use weak and easily guessable passwords. NordPass, in conjunction with a top security firm, has recently published its list of the 200 most commonly used passwords for 2020 and, with the same old terrible passwords still topping the list, it seems people just aren’t listening.
Sequential number passwords remain very popular with “123456” topping the list, and even adding three more numbers to the sequential order (“123456789”) does not strengthen the password one iota. Seven out of the top ten most used passwords consist of various numerical combinations and, if that isn’t a cause for concern, then perhaps these two facts might be:
- The top five most common passwords have over 4.5 million users altogether and account for more than 38 million combined exposures in data breaches
- Of the top nine most used passwords, all except “picture1” (which is a new addition to the list), can be cracked in under one second. And the tenth in just 10 seconds
- View the full list: Top 200 Most Common Passwords – 2020
I find these statistics very difficult to fathom. After all, passwords represent a user’s security door and, if that door is left ajar, they may as well not have a door at all. Here at DCT, along with many other tech sites, we are continually advising people to use a good password manager or showing people how to create strong yet easily remembered passwords. Neither system is difficult to implement yet the statistics clearly show that people would rather run the very real risk of using weak passwords than make the effort.
Once More for Good Luck:
- ALWAYS use strong passwords
- NEVER use the same password for accounts that involve sensitive information, such as banking, credit card, etc.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
- Best Free Password Manager (since publishing that article I have been using Bitwarden Free and it is fantastic, very easy to set up and use)
- How To Create Strong Yet Easy To Remember Passwords