The basis of a strong password is that you can’t just guess it. It should be unique and hackers shouldn’t have any chance against it. We wrote about how to choose a strong and easy-to-remember password here.
So the key is not to choose a password that other users like. This is because these are exactly the passwords that attackers try first. Every year, a ranking of the most used passwords on the Internet comes out, and basically every year the number series “123456” and the classic “password” wins. Other passwords are also extremely easy to guess and are typically just a slightly longer or shorter number series, or a top of the line keyboard in the form of the password “qwerty”.
Do you use any of these passwords? Change them immediately!
If you also use similar passwords, you’re pretty much talking yourself into hacking your accounts. If you use any of the passwords below for important services like social networking, banking or financial services, or even your email inbox, then feel free to change your passwords immediately – practically anything is more secure than these passwords. Like the more than 10% of people who have their PIN set to 1234 on their credit card.
It’s true that a lot of these passwords are easy to remember, but fundamentally they’re not passwords because passwords are mainly to protect accounts. There are methods to come up with a really strong password that is also very easy to remember and that will protect your important accounts. If you want to have some fun, see what simple passwords someone uses, but what they also choose to avoid at all costs.
The passwords are ranked roughly by percentage of use in the last 5 years. But it doesn’t matter which position the password is in, don’t use it 100% anyway, even with light transformations like replacing the letter o with the number 0 and such:
|The most used passwords on the Internet|