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December 10, 2020 @ 12:00am

Password Protection

The worst passwords are the most common passwords, which are therefore the least secure. 56% of breached passwords were not unique. The easiest thing you can do to protect yourself from hacks and breaches to your accounts is a strong, unique password.


According to research, the majority of people use simple and easy-to-remember passwords, because it’s convenient. But the problem is that most memorable passwords are highly vulnerable to cracking. 

Here are the worst 20 passwords of 2020. The list details how many times a password has been exposed, used, and how much time it would take to crack it. 

Top 20 Most Common Passwords

Password

Number of users

Time to crack it

Times exposed

123456

2,543,285

Less than a second

23,597,311

123456789

961,435

Less than a second

7,870,694

Picture 1

371,612

3 Hours

11,190

password

360,467

Less than a second

3,759,315

12345678

322,187

Less than a second

2,944,615

111111

230,507

Less than a second

3,124,368

123123

189,327

Less than a second

2,238,694

12345

188,268

Less than a second

2,389,787

1234567890

171,724

Less than a second

2,264,884

senha

167,728

10 Seconds

8,213

1234567

165,909

Less than a second

2,516,606

qwerty

156,765

Less than a second

3,946,737

abc123

151,804

Less than a second

2,877,689

Million2

143,664

3 Hours

162,609

000000

122,982

Less than a second

1,959,780

1234

112,297

Less than a second

1,296,186

iloveyou

106,327

Less than a second

1,645,337

aaron431

90,256

3 Hours

30,576

password1

87,556

Less than a second

2,418,984

qqww1122

85,476

52 Minutes

122,481

How to create stronger passwords

WHAT TO AVOID WHEN CREATING A PASSWORD

Avoid using dictionary words, number combinations, or strings of adjacent keyboard combinations. For instance, “password”, “qwerty”, or “123456” are terrible passwords, as they are too easy to crack. Also, refrain from repetitive characters, such as “aaaa” or “123abc”, and under no circumstances choose passwords based on personal details that might not be completely confidential, such as your phone number, birth date, or name.

HOW TO CREATE A STRONG PASSWORD

Never reuse passwords across multiple accounts. Create a unique one for each account and make them long — don’t settle for anything shorter than 12 characters, even more if you can. Use a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols to significantly lower the risk of getting your passwords cracked. Also, make sure to change your passwords at least every 90 days. Using a password generator tool in combination with a password management system is the most secure way to store your unique logins and complex passphrases. 

GET A PASSWORD MANAGER

Memorizing a number of random, complex passwords and having to manually type them every time is no picnic. Thankfully, you can make your life easier with a password manager. With a password manager, you can generate unique, strong passwords, securely store them in an encrypted vault, and use the autofill feature to log in to your online accounts on the go.

 
Rhyme iT offers Password Management that allows you to centrally store, share, and access personal and team passwords. Contact us today to learn more.

Source: Nordpass

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