During the first six months of 2019, more than 4 billion records were exposed to data breaches. That is a shocking statistic that is even more done when you realize that passwords are included in bulk. On December 4, a security researcher discovered a wealth of more than a billion ordinary text passwords in an unsecured online database.
Now researchers from NordPass, a password manager for the people behind the NordVPN application, have decided to classify the most used and least secure passwords. Armed with a database of around 500 million passwords filtered due to data breaches in 2019, NordPass researchers were able to sort them in order of use.
Password protection is a security priority
The three most used passwords, which register 6,348,704 events between them, are surprisingly uncertain, weak and fully predictable. However, there are also many unexpected passwords on the list and that is worrying. Well, it’s disturbing if you use one, that’s it. If a password that you use is mentioned, your security attitude has just been weakened. Hackers can log into accounts with brute force by giving them familiar known passwords and dictionary words. If you use the same password on multiple sites and services, your security position is so serious that you urgently need a cybernetic chiropractor.
As I reported on December 6, Microsoft analyzed a database of 3 billion leaked credentials for security breaches and discovered that more than 44 million Microsoft accounts were using passwords that had already been compromised elsewhere. Reusing passwords is a sure way to get you, your accounts, and your data into trouble, especially if you use one of the worst passwords in the world.
Improving the security of your password is the most important thing you can do to improve your security. Here we show you how you can quickly find out if one of your passwords has been compromised.
Ranked: the 100 worst passwords in the world
You will find the complete list of the worst passwords in the world, along with usage statistics, in the NordPass report. These are only the 100 worst master passwords. If one of them is known, immediately change the login details of the account.
Some of the passwords are
- aa123456 w