According to a list of the 200 most popular passwords provided by NordPass, the password management application developed by the same guys behind NordVPN, it turns out that people are still using incredibly weak passwords in 2022.
The notoriously unreliable “password,” which could be broken by hackers in a matter of seconds, was the most used password this year. The second and third most popular passwords, “123456” and “123456789,” are also accurate in this regard.
By examining a three-terabyte database, independent cybersecurity researchers assisted NordPass in the development of its list. The list is jam-packed with interesting (and sage) information. As an illustration, over 5 million people worldwide use the password “password.” In less than an hour, 18 of the top 20 passwords were cracked than one second.
List Of Most Common Passwords in 2022
Tips To Keep Track Of Most Common Passwords
A 2022 survey by open-source password manager Bitwarden found that 31% of American respondents have experienced a data breach in the previous 18 months. To avoid becoming yet another statistic, NordPass advises using a password that is at least 12 characters long and has a combination of capital and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers. It is advised to use a password generator to generate passwords of this complexity.
Even if the temptation could be great, you shouldn’t use the same password for various accounts. Nearly half of all respondents to the Bitwarden 2022 password management survey said they rely on memory to remember their passwords, and more than eight out of ten Americans use the same password for multiple websites.
Because of this, it’s critical to utilise a password manager to store all of your passwords and provide access to them whenever necessary, such as LastPass, 1Password, NordPass, or Bitwarden.
Additionally, NordPass advises regularly monitoring your account usage. The likelihood that a security breach will go unreported rises with inactive accounts.
Last but not least, it is advised that you regularly assess the security of your current passwords and change them for new, more complicated ones. Even if none of your passwords contain the word “password,” your cybersecurity measures probably need to be improved.