Passwords: ‘123456’ and ‘password’ are still among the most popular

Passwords 123456 and password are still among the most popular


It’s something that we’re all regularly warned about, but it seems that many people are still using passwords that are very easy to guess. 

New research has revealed that phrases including ‘123456’, ‘qwerty’ and ‘password’ are still among the most popular passwords used around the world. 

NordPass has released its annual Most Common Passwords report, finding passwords vary greatly in different locations and between different genders.

Amazingly, the report shows that many users are still using the own names as their passwords, while sports teams, car brands and band names are also wildly popular.  

Speaking to MailOnline, Jake Moore, a cyber security expert from ESET, explained this research shows that people still aren’t understanding the risks involved in using a weak password.

He recommends people use a password manager that can set different passwords for each site they visit without them having to remember the details. 

People are still using the same easy to crack passwords, according to a new study, with the most popular '123456', 'qwerty' and 'password' among the most popular

People are still using the same easy to crack passwords, according to a new study, with the most popular ‘123456’, ‘qwerty’ and ‘password’ among the most popular

TOP TEN MOST USED PASSWORDS IN 2021

TABLE TITLE
Rank Password Time to crack  Users
1 123456 < 1 sec 103170552
2 123456789 < 1 sec 46027530
3 12345 < 1 sec 32955431
4 qwerty < 1 sec 22317280
5 password < 1 sec 20958297
6 12345678 < 1 sec 14745771
7 111111 < 1 sec 13354149
8 123123 < 1 sec 10244398
9 1234567890 < 1 sec 9646621
10 1234567 < 1 sec 9396813
SOURCE: NordPass 

In the report, NordPass sifted through a whopping 4TB of data, compiled in partnership with independent researchers.  

This revealed that 123456 is the most common password globally, and is used by an estimated 103,170,552 users. 

123456789 and 12345 are the second and third most popular, with 46,027,530 and 32,955,431 respectively. 

Other popular passwords in the top 10 list included qwerty, password and 111111. 

References to drinks, football clubs and other cultural icons of an area were also commonly used as passwords. 

‘Colocolo’ is commonly used in Chile, ‘nacional’ in Brazil, ‘sparta’ in the Czech Republic, ‘marseille’ in France, and  ‘schalke04’ in Germany.

While not necessarily easy to crack, they could be easy for someone to guess if they know the person lives in or around that football club.

Famous local beverage names, such as ‘guinness’ in Ireland, and religious passwords like ‘christ’ in Nigeria, ‘bismillah’ in Saudi Arabia, are also commonly used and easily guessed.

The findings show that, for a hacker, knowing someones location and gender can aid in cracking a password, as there are common traits.

For example, they found that overall, women used more positive and loving words, such as ‘sunshine’ or ‘iloveyou’.  

Meanwhile, men tend to use more sports, especially football-related passwords. In some countries, men also used more swear words than women. 

Common entertainment terms, including pokemon, superman, blink182, starwars and batman also feature in the list, as do foods like chocolate, cookie and pepper. 

NordPass CEO Jonas Karklys, said passwords keep getting weaker and people don’t maintain proper ‘password hygiene’.

Researchers also devised a risk index, which sorts countries into three risk tiers: low, average, and high. The index has been devised according to the number of passwords leaked per capita, with Russia, the US and Australia among the worst for password leaks

Researchers also devised a risk index, which sorts countries into three risk tiers: low, average, and high. The index has been devised according to the number of passwords leaked per capita, with Russia, the US and Australia among the worst for password leaks

‘It’s important to understand that passwords are the gateway to our digital lives, and with us spending more and more time online, it’s becoming enormously important to take better care of our cybersecurity,’ he said.  

In India and Japan, the top password was the word ‘password’, while in Indonesia, Portugal, Spain and Thailand it was ‘12345’. 

Brits used ‘123456’ most commonly, although football teams also played a major role – with two versions of ‘liverpool’ and ‘arsenal’ in the UK top ten.

There were many similarities among countries, NordPass discovered, with easy number combinations, such as the winning '123456', popular worldwide

There were many similarities among countries, NordPass discovered, with easy number combinations, such as the winning ‘123456’, popular worldwide

TEN MOST COMMON PASSWORDS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 

TABLE TITLE
Rank Password Time to crack Users
1 123456 < 1 sec 571107
2 password < 1 sec 423192
3 liverpool < 1 sec 224160
4 password1 < 1 sec 162086
5 123456789 < 1 sec 152801
6 12345 < 1 sec 151914
7 qwerty < 1 sec 145626
8 liverpool1 2 Seconds 123328
9 charlie < 1 sec 109524
10 arsenal < 1 sec 107899
SOURCE: NordPass 

‘Qwerty’, or the localised versions, such as ‘azerty’ in French-speaking countries, or  ‘qwertz’ in German, were also popular in all the analysed countries. 

The most commonly used number combinations start with ‘123456’ and go up to 8 or 9, and sometimes add a zero on the end. 

Other common passwords are repetitions of the same number, such as 111111 or 00000000, NordPass discovered. 

Random letters were one of the most common categories of ‘common passwords,’ they found, with abc123 and qqww1122 topping the list, followed by 123456a and a123456. 

Researchers also devised a risk index, which sorts countries into three risk tiers: low, average, and high. 

The index has been devised according to the number of passwords leaked per capita, with Russia, the US and Australia among the worst for password leaks.

The UK was among the top with 2.78 leaks per capita, whereas Russia had 19.9 leaks per capita and China at 0.191.

Jake Moore, cyber security expert from ESET, said the use of such simple passwords suggests people are not understanding the risk involved.

‘By not using unique passwords it weakens your account and it could very easily be compromised,’ he explained. 

‘Hacking software is very easily accessible on the internet and even free software will be able to bypass any of these most used passwords in seconds. 

Women were more likely to use 'friendly' words and phrases like 'iloveyou' than men, and certain spots came out top in some areas over others, such as Hockey in Canada

Women were more likely to use ‘friendly’ words and phrases like ‘iloveyou’ than men, and certain spots came out top in some areas over others, such as Hockey in Canada

‘It is therefore vital that people ensure that their online accounts are secured by a long complex password doubled up with the use of two-factor authentication (2FA).

‘Furthermore, using a password manager means you don’t have to remember the ridiculous amount of passwords we all now possess too. 

‘You no longer have to use the same password everywhere, or use memorable facts such as your dog’s name, or your kid’s birthday. 

‘Since the password manager takes care of the remembering part, every password can be a long and totally random string of characters.’

Modern web browsers come with a simple password manager built in, and Google Chrome will alert you if you enter a password that appears on a ‘hacked’ list. 

TOP 200 MOST COMMONLY USED PASSWORDS GLOBALLY 
Rank Password Count Time to crack
1 123456 103170552 < 1 sec
2 123456789 46027530 < 1 sec
3 12345 32955431 < 1 sec
4 qwerty 22317280 < 1 sec
5 password 20958297 < 1 sec
6 12345678 14745771 < 1 sec
7 111111 13354149 < 1 sec
8 123123 10244398 < 1 sec
9 1234567890 9646621 < 1 sec
10 1234567 9396813 < 1 sec
11 qwerty123 8933334 < 1 sec
12 000000 8377094 < 1 sec
13 1q2w3e 8204700 < 1 sec
14 aa12345678 8098805 2 Seconds
15 abc123 7184645 < 1 sec
16 password1 5771586 < 1 sec
17 1234 5544971 < 1 sec
18 qwertyuiop 5197596 < 1 sec
19 123321 5168171 < 1 sec
20 password123 4681010 < 1 sec
21 1q2w3e4r5t 4624323 < 1 sec
22 iloveyou 4387925 < 1 sec
23 654321 4384762 < 1 sec
24 666666 4329996 < 1 sec
25 987654321 4239959 < 1 sec
26 123 3606937 < 1 sec
27 123456a 3493177 < 1 sec
28 qwe123 3284938 < 1 sec
29 1q2w3e4r 3197899 < 1 sec
30 7777777 3112046 < 1 sec
31 1qaz2wsx 3066557 < 1 sec
32 123qwe 2986924 < 1 sec
33 zxcvbnm 2943584 < 1 sec
34 121212 2894633 < 1 sec
35 asdasd 2848106 < 1 sec
36 a123456 2828147 < 1 sec
37 555555 2723335 < 1 sec
38 dragon 2684735 < 1 sec
39 112233 2654993 < 1 sec
40 123123123 2580565 < 1 sec
41 monkey 2507887 < 1 sec
42 11111111 2471959 < 1 sec
43 qazwsx 2354184 < 1 sec
44 159753 2114829 < 1 sec
45 asdfghjkl 2043474 < 1 sec
46 222222 2020304 < 1 sec
47 1234qwer 1900252 < 1 sec
48 qwerty1 1878452 < 1 sec
49 123654 1842096 < 1 sec
50 123abc 1829973 < 1 sec
51 asdfgh 1750012 < 1 sec
52 777777 1746733 < 1 sec
53 aaaaaa 1713813 < 1 sec
54 myspace1 1619027 3 Hours
55 88888888 1593738 < 1 sec
56 fuckyou 1562037 < 1 sec
57 123456789a 1531193 < 1 sec
58 999999 1521326 < 1 sec
59 888888 1498311 < 1 sec
60 football 1468381 < 1 sec
61 princess 1456356 < 1 sec
62 789456123 1430434 < 1 sec
63 147258369 1421709 < 1 sec
64 1111111 1413748 < 1 sec
65 sunshine 1402897 < 1 sec
66 michael 1337330 8 Seconds
67 computer 1328046 < 1 sec
68 qwer1234 1322032 < 1 sec
69 daniel 1289528 5 Seconds
70 789456 1279878 < 1 sec
71 11111 1278208 < 1 sec
72 abcd1234 1276859 < 1 sec
73 q1w2e3r4 1259573 < 1 sec
74 shadow 1258333 < 1 sec
75 159357 1253767 < 1 sec
76 123456q 1246191 < 1 sec
77 1111 1243637 < 1 sec
78 samsung 1226160 < 1 sec
79 killer 1216754 < 1 sec
80 asd123 1203927 < 1 sec
81 superman 1190436 < 1 sec
82 master 1178973 < 1 sec
83 12345a 1175912 < 1 sec
84 azerty 1175329 < 1 sec
85 zxcvbn 1163035 < 1 sec
86 qazwsxedc 1162866 < 1 sec
87 131313 1155266 < 1 sec
88 ashley 1153740 2 Minutes
89 target123 1153724 9 Seconds
90 987654 1138159 < 1 sec
91 baseball 1110954 < 1 sec
92 qwert 1102898 < 1 sec
93 asdasd123 1102441 4 Seconds
94 qwerty 1096678 < 1 sec
95 soccer 1075807 < 1 sec
96 charlie 1056149 < 1 sec
97 qweasdzxc 1050686 < 1 sec
98 tinkle 1045484 2 Minutes
99 jessica 1042625 7 Seconds
100 q1w2e3r4t5 1039335 < 1 sec
101 asdf 1037388 < 1 sec
102 test1 1026650 < 1 sec
103 1g2w3e4r 1025836 3 Hours
104 gwerty123 1017297 3 Hours
105 zag12wsx 1015743 1 Hour
106 gwerty 1012867 5 Seconds
107 147258 1004764 < 1 sec
108 12341234 999367 < 1 sec
109 qweqwe 990196 < 1 sec
110 jordan 985400 < 1 sec
111 pokemon 980773 < 1 sec
112 q1w2e3r4t5y6 977517 < 1 sec
113 12345678910 973747 < 1 sec
114 1111111111 971288 < 1 sec
115 12344321 969735 < 1 sec
116 thomas 967116 8 Seconds
117 love 956372 < 1 sec
118 12qwaszx 945934 < 1 sec
119 102030 943475 < 1 sec
120 welcome 935843 < 1 sec
121 liverpool 934857 < 1 sec
122 iloveyou1 925958 1 Second
123 michelle 923229 3 Hours
124 101010 920371 < 1 sec
125 1234561 911304 1 Second
126 hello 909460 < 1 sec
127 andrew 889167 2 Minutes
128 a123456789 873086 < 1 sec
129 a12345 868694 < 1 sec
130 Status 859246 2 Seconds
131 fuckyou1 853953 < 1 sec
132 1qaz2wsx3edc 853042 < 1 sec
133 hunter 847191 < 1 sec
134 princess1 842516 1 Second
135 naruto 841541 < 1 sec
136 justin 841449 2 Minutes
137 jennifer 831366 2 Hours
138 qwerty12 829797 < 1 sec
139 qweasd 822554 < 1 sec
140 anthony 818914 17 Minutes
141 andrea 815824 2 Minutes
142 joshua 813194 2 Minutes
143 asdf1234 809461 < 1 sec
144 12345qwert 807768 < 1 sec
145 1qazxsw2 800348 < 1 sec
146 marina 795950 < 1 sec
147 love123 785192 < 1 sec
148 111222 781491 < 1 sec
149 robert 781270 < 1 sec
150 10203 780148 < 1 sec
151 nicole 779914 2 Minutes
152 letmein 778948 < 1 sec
153 football1 775804 < 1 sec
154 secret 764028 < 1 sec
155 1234554321 763140 < 1 sec
156 freedom 761731 < 1 sec
157 michael1 757345 < 1 sec
158 11223344 753481 < 1 sec
159 qqqqqq 751737 < 1 sec
160 123654789 739687 < 1 sec
161 chocolate 723536 3 Seconds
162 12345q 713360 < 1 sec
163 internet 711369 < 1 sec
164 q1w2e3 708307 < 1 sec
165 google 703996 < 1 sec
166 starwars 701474 < 1 sec
167 mynoob 699255 2 Minutes
168 qwertyui 695854 < 1 sec
169 55555 693960 < 1 sec
170 qwertyu 691679 < 1 sec
171 lol123 691525 < 1 sec
172 lovely 683731 < 1 sec
173 monkey1 683663 < 1 sec
174 nikita 682625 < 1 sec
175 pakistan 677307 < 1 sec
176 7758521 672323 4 Minutes
177 87654321 671618 < 1 sec
178 147852 670937 < 1 sec
179 jordan23 667218 < 1 sec
180 212121 665287 < 1 sec
181 123789 663559 < 1 sec
182 147852369 661824 < 1 sec
183 123456789q 656145 < 1 sec
184 qwe 649603 < 1 sec
185 forever 648777 < 1 sec
186 741852963 640815 < 1 sec
187 123qweasd 638513 < 1 sec
188 123456abc 636820 2 Seconds
189 1q2w3e4r5t6y 628567 < 1 sec
190 qazxsw 627975 < 1 sec
191 456789 622869 < 1 sec
192 232323 616669 < 1 sec
193 999999999 605131 < 1 sec
194 qwerty12345 596747 < 1 sec
195 qwaszx 592242 < 1 sec
196 1234567891 591221 < 1 sec
197 456123 589201 < 1 sec
198 444444 586266 < 1 sec
199 qq123456 558240 2 Seconds
200 xxx 290395 < 1 sec
SOURCE: NordPass 



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