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Hackers guessed the world’s most common password in 1 second – make sure yours isn’t on the list

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NordPass, the password management tool from the team behind NordVPN, released its list of the 200 most common passwords in 2022 — and it turns out people are still using notoriously weak passwords.

The most common password in the world this year was the notoriously bad “password,” and it took hackers less than a second to crack. The same goes for the second and third most common passwords: “123456” and “123456789”, respectively.

NordPass compiled its list with the help of independent cybersecurity researchers who analyzed three terabytes of databases to draw their findings. The list is full of fascinating (and cautionary) tidbits. For example, about 5 million people worldwide used “password” as their password. And 18 of the 20 most common passwords were guessed in under a second.

However, the main takeaway? If your password is on the list, it’s time to make a change.

To make sure you don’t get hacked, here are the 20 most common NordPass passwords in the world for this year – and what to do if yours is one:

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 123456789
  4. Guest
  5. qwerty
  6. 12345678
  7. 111111
  8. 12345
  9. col123456
  10. 123123
  11. 1234567
  12. 1234
  13. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
  14. 000000
  15. 555555
  16. 666666
  17. 123321
  18. 654321
  19. 7777777
  20. 123

Bitwarden, an open source password manager, found that 31% of US respondents have experienced a data breach in the past 18 months, according to the 2022 Password Management Survey. NordPass recommends choosing a complex password of at least 12 characters that includes a variety of upper and lower case letters, symbols, and numbers, to avoid adding more to that number. Password generators are a convenient way to create such complex passwords.

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You should also avoid using the same password for multiple accounts, though the impulse is understandable – and normal. The Bitwarden 2022 Password Management Survey found that more than 8 in 10 Americans reuse passwords across websites, with 49% of respondents saying they rely on memory to guard their passwords.

This brings us to another important part of password hygiene: You might also consider using a password manager like LastPass, 1Password, NordPass, or Bitwarden to store, manage, and access passwords stored in your own memory. Removes the fickle nature of.

In addition, NordPass recommends that you regularly check which accounts you actually use. Unused accounts pose an online security risk, as a breach can go unnoticed.

Finally, you should regularly check the password strength of your existing passwords and update them with new and complex passwords. Even if you don’t use “password” as a password, your cybersecurity efforts could probably use an upgrade.

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