Want to Make a Hacker's Day? Use One of These Passwords

NordPass has released its worst candidates for 2020
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2020 8:22 AM CST
Updated Nov 22, 2020 6:43 AM CST
Here Are the 10 Worst Passwords of 2020
At least throw a special character in there.   (Getty Images/rclassenlayouts)

We get how brain-melting it can be to remember all of your various passwords—really, we honestly, truly get it. But you've got to try harder than the people whose passwords popped up on NordPass' 2020 ranking of the 200 most common passwords, which, as Suzanne Humphries succinctly puts it for Review Geek, "aren't good." Humphries notes that while it's easy to poke fun at these lame attempts, they're actually a security risk, and users who are afraid their memory is faulty should consider signing up for a password manager so they can set up passwords less vulnerable to breaches. The 10 passwords that follow, on the other hand, are a hacker's dream:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. picture1
  4. password
  5. 12345678
  6. 111111
  7. 123123
  8. 12345
  9. 1234567890
  10. senha (Portuguese for "password")
Check out all 200 passwords on the NordPass list, which includes how many people have used each one and how long it would take a hacker to crack it; many are less than a second. (More passwords stories.)

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