The 20 Worst Passwords of 2020

Our favorite is #18. Who’s Aaron? And why Aaron? Check out the very  worst passwords of 2020… 

It’s that time of year again, when experts check to see whether password security has improved.  Spoiler alert: It has not. Going back to 2015, the worst passwords still commonly used included “123456” and “password.” Fast forward five years and these examples are still very much alive. 

275 Million leaked passwords
After analyzing 275,699,516 passwords leaked during 2020 data breaches, security firm NordPass found (yet again) that the most common passwords are incredibly easy to guess. How easy? It would take less than a second or two for attackers to break into accounts using these credentials, the pros say.  

Digital password managers can help
Moreover, only 44% of the passwords recorded were considered unique. This helps explain why security professionals are commonly advising users to use a digital password manager that can create unique passwords and remember them for you. It’s fascinating how many folks use obvious number combos as passwords. Do computer users really think 654321 will baffle hackers? 

20 Terrible passwords
Now, on with the show. Here are the worst passwords of last year: 

1. 123456 

2. 123456789 

3. picture1 

4. password  

5. 12345678  

6. 111111 

7. 123123 

8. 12345 

9. 1234567890  

10. senha

11. 12

12. qwerty 

13. abc123 

14. Million2

15. 000000

16. 1234 

17. iloveyou 

18. aaron431 

19. password1

20. qqww1122

© National Security Institute, Inc.


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