Most common passwords: how hackable is yours?

Passwords on a worldmap

With the increasing number of data breaches, taking care of your passwords is as essential as ever. One of the key elements of a strong password is its uniqueness.

Therefore, today we present the most commonly used passwords around the world so you can check and update yours.

Moreover, at the end of this article, we’re going to share how to identify good and bad passwords and how to create ones that will keep you private and secure online.

Top 10 most commonly exposed and used passwords worldwide

There are a few lists documenting the most commonly used passwords – all of them based on different studies. What all of them have in common is their predictability. Using any password from the list below you put your most sensitive information at risk and increase the chances of getting your identity stolen.

The most common passwords worldwide:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. qwerty
  4. password
  5. 111111
  6. 12345678
  7. abc123
  8. 1234567
  9. password1
  10. 12345

If you’ve found one of your passwords on this list, you should take action immediately. As these passwords are so common, online fraudsters make sure to test them out before anything else.

Even though remembering 123456 or qwerty is so easy, it’s wiser to opt for security rather than comfort

What we’d like to note is that different lists include variations of the passwords mentioned above. Therefore, what you should be aware of is a pattern of using easy-to-guess letter and number combinations, as well as words as simple as password.

Interestingly, looking at the lists of the most widely used passwords worldwide, you can see some that are specific to certain countries.

For example, in Italy, the third most used password is juventus – one of the country’s most famous football teams. Spaniards are also keen on choosing a password based on their favorite football team – Barcelona is the ninth most-used password and RealMadrid – the 15th.

Another famous password that you could expect to find on most top used passwords lists is iloveyou – both in English and any other language.

No matter which most commonly used passwords list you would refer to, keep in mind that opting for any of the included (or similar) passwords is a threat to your security. More to the point, even if your password is not on any list of commonly used passwords, that does not make it strong!

List of most used WiFi and phone passwords

It’s not just online accounts that can be hacked – so can WiFis and mobile devices. A weak password can work as a gateway for an online fraudster to steal your most sensitive data. Therefore, making sure you’re protecting your WiFi and phone with strong passwords is key.

Below, you can see the list of most commonly used WiFi passwords:

  1. 123456789
  2. 12345678
  3. Abcd1234
  4. 1234abcd
  5. Password
  6. password
  7. Abcdefgh
  8. Password.
  9. 12345678.
  10. 123456789.

Again, you should be aware not only of the included but also similar passwords. As they are so easy-to-remember, they are also easy-to-guess.

As for mobile devices, you can get into many of them using these (or similar) passwords:

  1. 1234
  2. 1111
  3. 0000
  4. 1212
  5. 7777
  6. 1004
  7. 2000
  8. 4444
  9. 2222
  10. 6969

As you’re likely to keep more than enough personal information on your phone, make sure you avoid the passwords mentioned above at all costs.

Choosing these commonly-used and easy-to-guess passwords for your online accounts, WiFi, or electronic devices, you put your online privacy and security at risk.

What are bad and good passwords?

The first step in strengthening your passwords is being aware of what qualifies for bad and good passwords.

To identity a bad password, look for the following qualities:

  1. Used on more than one online account.
  2. Too short.
  3. Containing easy-to-guess personal information, including your birthday, your cat’s name, your favorite song that you share on social media, etc.
  4. Not having a mix of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  5. Stored on your browser.
  6. Written on a piece of paper.

On the other hand, to create a strong and reliable password, think of the following:

  1. Use it on one account only
  2. Make it long
  3. Use a combination of random (uppercase and lowercase) letters, numbers, and symbols
  4. Use a password generator

If you have lots of strong passwords but are having trouble remembering all of them, consider getting a password manager – these apps will let you store all your passwords, so you only have to remember one master password.

In case you’d like to more on how to create a strong password, check out our guide on the topic.

After learning the dos and don’ts, let’s see the final security checklist for strong passwords.

Password security checklist

When creating your password, keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Make sure your password is strong, unique, and used on one account only.
  2. To ensure that your password contains no personal information, use a password provided by a password generator.
  3. Keep your passwords safe in a high-quality password manager. To choose the best product to suit your needs, check out our top password managers.

Putting these tips to practice, you’ll enhance your chances of staying safe and private online. What’s more, setting a strong password on your WiFi and mobile device will reduce the chances of getting hacked.

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