Coming up with new passwords can be challenging, especially if you follow our recommendations to change them every 90 days (check out DinoPass.com for fun options). But it’s important to take the time to come up with secure passwords. It took less than 1 second to crack 15 of the 20 most common passwords of 2020. According to NordPass, the top password was used by 2,433,285 people, took less than a second to crack, and was exposed 23,597,311 times.
By the way, senha (the #10 most common password on this list) is Portuguese for ‘password,’ according to Google translate. The data doesn’t reveal what these common passwords were safeguarding – these could be passwords to bank accounts, social media sites, or work email accounts.
We recommend using a unique combination of words, letters, and symbols between 8-16 characters long to create a secure password. Pick characters/word combinations that mean something to you, but is not easily guessable. For example, if I was born in 1978, my favorite book is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, my favorite color is purple, and I have 5 children, I can mix these up to create ‘Guide5purple78.’ This is one method to generate a more secure password. Read more about our suggestions for safe passwords and password policies here.
Read NordPass’s complete list of the 200 most common passwords of 2020 here. – BK