An annual report by password manager NordPass has revealed that '123456' has been the most commonly used password in 2020. The reports state that the password has been used by millions of people and has been breached more than 23 million times. It takes only less than a second to crack the code. The list includes the 200 worst passwords of the year and details of how many times they have been exposed, used and the time taken to crack it. The second most used password is '12345678' and the third spot goes to 'picture1'. How to Protect a Word Document With Password.

A software firm in their 2015 report had also revealed that '123456' was in the top among the list of worst passwords of the year followed by the word 'password'. And now five years later, '123456' is the most commonly used password and 'password' has acquired the fourth place. NordPass research confirms says that people use simple passwords which can be remembered easily for convenience. However, just like these passkeys are easily memorable they are also vulnerable and can account with these keys can be hacked easily. How to Remove Password From a PDF File on Your Smartphone.

NordPass has advised people to not use "dictionary words, number combinations, or strings of adjacent keyboard combinations" for passwords. Passwords like "qwerty" are easy to crack. The report adds, "Also, refrain from repetitive characters, such as 'aaaa' or '123abc' and under no circumstances choose passwords based on personal details that might not be completely confidential, such as your phone number, birth date, or name."

The top twenty most commonly used passwords of 2020, in ascending ranks, are: ‘123456', ‘123456789', ‘picture1', ‘password', ‘12345678', ‘111111', ‘123123', ‘12345', ‘1234567890', ‘senha', ‘1234567', ‘qwerty', ‘abc123', ‘Million2', ‘000000', ‘1234', ‘iloveyou', ‘aaron431', ‘password1', and ‘qqww1122'. These passwords take less than a second to get cracked.

NordPass has also advised people against reusing passwords across multiple accounts but create a unique one for each account. Users are advised to also make passwords long and should not fix a password shorter than 12 characters. It is generally advised to make use of both upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols to "significantly lower the risk" of getting the passwords cracked. The report further states, "Also, make sure to change your passwords at least every 90 days."

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