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Do you use the world’s most used password?

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The most common password in the world has been revealed and it’s not hard to guess. In fact, the most common password in the world is “password”.

This is evident from new data from password manager NordPass, which compiles a list of the most common and therefore worst passwords every year. “We’ve learned that even with greater awareness of cybersecurity, old habits die hard,” says Nordpas.

Unfortunately, this means you have to use simple credentials like “passwords,” your favorite soccer team, or your pet’s name to keep your accounts secure. Even worse, many people repeat their passwords across multiple sites. It can put you in a precarious position if one of your accounts gets hacked as attackers can access other services you use.

Top 10 most common passwords

NordPass lists the 100 most commonly used passwords on their site, but for your enjoyment, here are the top 10:

1. Password

2. 123456

3. 123456789

4. Guest

5. Qwerty

6. 12345678

7. 111111

8. 12345

9. Call 123456

10. 123123

Why you need a better password and how to do it

Looking at the 10 most common passwords for NordPass, many people lack imagination when creating credentials. There could be many reasons for this, but it’s probably because most people are in a hurry and just want to use the app or service.

It’s understandable, but there are a few ways you can improve your password and reduce your risk of being hacked.

First, it’s important to create a strong, unique password for each service you use. Ideally, it should be long and contain a combination of letters, numbers, and other characters created by a password manager such as NordPass, 1Password, or even Apple’s iCloud Keychain.

You should also create a password for the password manager that you will need to remember, or you can write it down on a piece of paper that you will need to keep safe.

If you find the idea of ​​a password manager overwhelming, there’s nothing wrong with a paper password book. Never carry it with you, especially when you are out and about with your device. While this is certainly not the best solution, it can help protect people who are less tech-savvy, such as elderly relatives.

You can also check if your password has been breached with a service like HaveIBeenPwned. If you find that your data has been compromised, change the password on that site and elsewhere if you’ve used it again.

Be sure to check your accounts regularly and delete any accounts you don’t use.

Also use two-factor authentication such as Face ID and Touch ID whenever possible. Security keys like Yubico YubiKey are also convenient and highly secure, helping you keep your accounts as safe as possible.

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