List of 200 most common passwords is out, ‘123456’, ‘iloveyou’ rank the list
In an annual report by password manager, NordPass disclosed that ‘123456′ was the most commonly used password in 2020 and has been breached more than 23 million times. It was published a list which includes the 200 worst passwords of the year, and details of how many times they have been exposed, used, and the time it would take to crack them. ‘123456789′ comes in second, while ‘picture1′ takes third place.
The top twenty most commonly used passwords of 2020, in ascending ranks, are: ‘123456′, ‘123456789′, ‘picture1′, ‘password’, ‘12345678′, ‘111111′, ‘123123′, ‘12345′, ‘1234567890′, ‘senha’, ‘1234567′, ‘qwerty’, ‘abc123′, ‘Million2′, ‘000000′, ‘1234′, ‘iloveyou’, ‘aaron431′, ‘password1′, and ‘qqww1122′.
Most of these take less than a second to crack, as per the report. Research by NordPass confirms what can gauge from common sense: people use simple, easy-to-remember passwords because it’s convenient. The most memorable and easy passwords are also the ones highly vulnerable to cracking, as they can be guessed easily the research concludes.
Commonly used passwords were also grouped in categories. ‘aaron431′ was the most commonly used name in passwords this year, with over 90,000 users, while ‘chocolate’ was the most commonly used food name with 21,409 users. More than 37,000 users had ‘pokemon’ in their passwords, making it the most commonly used entertainment word. ‘iloveyou’ ranked 17th on the list of commonly used passwords, and the first in the positive words category, with over a million users.
NordPass is a proprietary password manager incepted and conceived in 2019. It is meant to help its users to organise their passwords and secure notes, and store them in a single place — an encrypted password vault. This service comes in both free and premium versions.