Despite years of security experts pushing individuals to change their passwords to more secure ones, an annual research of the most regularly used passwords showed that 123456 and 12345678 are still the most often used passwords. The study was conducted by Australian cybersecurity company Eset and published on its website.
The survey also revealed that people tend to use the same password for many accounts, which makes them vulnerable to hackers who may have access to one account in order to steal others' information. Hashing your password with a unique algorithm will make it harder for hackers to guess them later.
Of the 1,000 users surveyed, 78 percent used the same password for all of their accounts. And the top 10 passwords were: 123456, qwerty, admin, password, support, madmimi, mrsmith, maria, and jonathan. Only three out of the ten most commonly used passwords were made up of only letters.
Users should always create unique passwords for each site they register at. This way if any of these sites get hacked, the hacker won't be able to use those credentials on other sites.
Users should also avoid using common words as passwords because they can be found in dictionary lists.
We have bad news: the most often used password in the world is still "123456." This gloomy number is the result of a study conducted by Turkish researcher Ata Hakcil, who reviewed over 742 million passwords leaked in various data breaches over the previous several years and published his findings on GitHub. The study also included an analysis of how many unique users had each password, which you can read about here - http://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2014/10/how-many-users-does-it-take-to-break-world-worst-password-list/. The short answer is that only six passwords were used by more than one million people.
Hakcil found that "123456" was the most common password, followed by "password". These two passwords account for half of all cases reviewed by the researcher. He also found some interesting trends based on country, age group, and other factors. For example, young people tend to use simpler passwords, while older people tend to use longer ones. There are also differences between countries. For example, in Israel, "123456" is second only to "password", whereas in Russia, India, and Brazil, "123456789" is most common.
Overall, this shows that no matter what kind of user is using these passwords, they aren't doing a very good job.
These are the most often used passwords; does yours appear on the list?
Top 8 Most Popular Passwords in the United States
The following are the top eight most often used passwords worldwide:
The World's Top 8 Most Popular Passwords
Data Genetics researchers discovered that the three most prevalent password combinations—"1234," "1111," and "0000"—account for over 20% of all four-digit passwords. The majority of them are website passwords. They're easy to remember and can be found by randomly typing characters into search engines.
The best advice I can give you is to use different passwords for different websites. This will make it harder for someone to steal your account if one of your passwords is leaked.
Also, don't write these down! Keep your passwords in your head only. If yours gets lost, you'll have to create a new one.
These are the eight most often used and worst passwords of 2020, according to NordPass's most popular passwords list.