Security. What are the most common passwords, and therefore to avoid, in 2020?

123456, password or even 1111 … If you recognize one of your passwords, it is probably time to change them. Each year, NordPass compiles a list of the most common passwords for the year. And therefore the passwords to avoid if you do not want to be hacked.

During its research, password manager NordPass evaluated 275,699,516 passwords in 2020. Only 122,894,788 were unique, or 44%. Did you think you were original? Wait until you see the Top 20 passwords you should never use and we’ll talk about it again.

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1. 123456
2. 123456789
3. picture1
4. password
5. 12345678
6. 111111
7. 123123
8. 12345
9. 1234567890
10. senha (“senha” means “password” in Portuguese, editor’s note)
11. 1234567
12. qwerty
13. abc123
14. Million2
15. 000000
16. 1234
17. iloveyou
18. aaron431
19. password1

20. qqww1122 The complete list of 200 passwords can be foundon the NordPass website

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Some tips for strengthening your passwords

In its 2020 analysis, NordPass compared the list with that established in 2019. And it is clear that less than half of them were new, 78 exactly. Overall, therefore, people tend to keep passwords easy. However, here are several tips to strengthen yours. Test your password. First of all, you can check the strength of your passwords (you never know, you might already be all right). To do this, use a password checker,like that of Nothing2Hide

. I did the test: it would take three years to crack my password at the rate of 10 tries per second, but only less than a second with 10,000,000,000 tries per second (with very powerful computers). I might change it … One password per account.

Ideally, it is advisable to use one password per account, to avoid chain hacking. If remembering so many passwords seems overwhelming, you can opt for a password manager. In any case, the best is to avoid saving them on your devices. No private information.

Information such as your date of birth, names, addresses or even childhood memories can be guessed by cybercriminals as long as you have posted a public photo of your beloved caramel cat on Facebook. So we avoid. A long password.

The longer your password, the better! The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States recommends using at least 8 characters, the minimum required by many sites elsewhere. Favor passphrases.

Best of all, it’s still a passphrase. With 30 characters or more, it is much more secure than 8 characters. A sentence is also easier to remember. You can include spaces, which makes the password stronger. The downside is that some sites require you to use special characters and / or numbers. A password is personal.

It sounds obvious, but we can’t say it enough: never share your passwords. With anyone (yes even your spouse).

The password list was compiled in partnership with a third party company specializing in data breach research. They evaluated a database that contained 275,699,516 total passwords.

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