NordPass, the company behind the password manager, recently released a list of the top 200 most popular passwords used by users in 2020. This list is based on a database of. 275.7 million users’ online accounts.
As usual, the most popular password ranked number one is “123456”, used by 2.5 million users with 23 million intrusions by hackers, according to data published by NordPass. If you remember, last year, the password “123456” took second place, while “123456789” came in 1st place. This year, the two common passwords above swapped positions for together.
Top 10 most popular passwords in 2020: All familiar phrases (Source: NordPass)
Security experts say passwords too simple like “123456” or “123456789” are the door to help hackers easily attack users’ accounts because these passwords can be cracked in just a few seconds. in less than 1 second.
Notably in the top 10 most popular passwords, in position 3 there is a new passphrase “picture1”. This phrase is used by nearly 400,000 people and has been infiltrated by hackers more than 11,000 times, the time it takes to crack this password is 3 hours. The next positions belong to easy-to-guess phrases like “password”, “12345678” or “111111” …
In addition, the list of 200 most popular passwords published by NordPass also has the appearance of an equally popular passphrase in Vietnamese, that is “anhyeuem”. This password is ranked 102nd, with more than 22,000 users and can be cracked in less than 1 second.
Password “anhyeuem” ranks 102nd in the list of most popular passwords this year with more than 22,000 users (Source: NordPass)
Among the 200 popular 2020 passwords, most are phrases that are too predictable for hackers. More than half of this list were on last year’s list of most popular passwords.
Cyber security experts recommend that users use trusted password generators and managers to protect personal account information, enable additional protection features such as 2-step verification, or If you have manually set a password, use a mixture of uppercase, lowercase letters, letters, numbers and accents to make password cracking more difficult. In addition, users should not use the same password for many different websites to avoid batch cracking of accounts.