Despite the many cases of theft, many people do not apply the recommendation to have a strong password and the clearest example is: “123456” and “123456789” were the most used in the world during 2022.
Like every year, the password manager NordPass analyzed a 3 terabyte database of passwords that were exposed in security incidents to find the most used during the year and thus create “The Awful Password List”.
The investigation found that the most used password in the world during 2022 was “password”, since it was found in about 4 million 929 thousand 113 accounts.
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People use it even though the time it can take a cybercriminal to crack it is less than a second.
In second place, there is “123456”, which for several years had the first position, with one million 523 thousand 537 accounts that use it.
This is followed by “123456789”, “guest”, “qwerty”, “12345678”, “111111” and other number combinations that are easy for cybercriminals to guess.
Without forgetting that people often use themes to create their passwords such as artists, sports, movies, fashion brands, food or even swear words. For example, in artists “U2” is the most used, in sports “Red Star Belgrade” stood out, in food “fish” and in fashion brands “tiffany”.
NordPass research also breaks down the results by country and in Mexico the most used was “123456”, repeating the result of 2021.
This was followed by “110110jp” and “123456789”, in second and third place, while “america1” was in fourth and in fifth it returned to the numbers with “12345”.
For Camilo Gutiérrez, head of the ESET Latin America research laboratory, this list shows that people often follow a pattern when choosing a password so that they are easy to remember, which has risks.
- A complex password contains at least 12 characters and a mixed combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Never reuse passwords
- Change passwords periodically
- Check password security
- Use a password manager