These are the worst passwords of 2021, so stop using them ASAP

Picking a strong password is more important than ever, but it’s also becoming increasingly difficult. Cybercriminals are constantly picking up new tricks, and it is nearly impossible to stay ahead of them. To make matters worse, some of us aren’t even trying. For the past several years, the team behind the password manager NordPass has been putting together lists of the most common passwords around the world. Year after year, the same terrible passwords appear atop the list. And this year is sadly no different. So without further ado, let’s check out the worst passwords of 2021.

Worst passwords of 2021 revealed

As NordPass explains on its site, the company partnered with independent cybersecurity researchers to evaluate a 4TB database of passwords. Disappointingly, the same password that topped the list last year was once again the most popular password in 2021. You can visit the NordPass website to see all of the entries from 2021, but here are the top 20 most common passwords:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. 12345
  4. qwerty
  5. password
  6. 12345678
  7. 111111
  8. 123123
  9. 1234567890
  10. 1234567
  11. qwerty123
  12. 000000
  13. 1q2w3e
  14. aa12345678
  15. abc123
  16. password1
  17. 1234
  18. qwertyuiop
  19. 123321
  20. password123

A pretty good rule of thumb is that if you can simply slide a finger across your keyboard to enter your password, it’s probably not strong enough. The number of passwords that are just consecutive strings of numbers is rather disheartening. None of these passwords take more than two seconds to crack. If you are using any passwords on this list, or anything similar, consider changing them…Read more>>


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