May 4th is World Password Day, and there’s a good chance some of you are being hacked as we speak. We live in a digital world, and protecting your passwords and accounts should be a top priority! There’s a new report out from NordPass that has revealed the most popular passwords in the world. A shocking 83% of them can be cracked in “less than a second.”

In other words, STOP using the most obvious passwords as your password. According to NordPass, they evaluated a 3TB database to determine the most popular passwords in 30 countries. A whopping 4.9 million people in the world use “password” as their password, and it tops the list for most used in the world. It can also be hacked faster than it took you to choose this terrible password.

Here are the most used passwords here in the U.S.:

  1. guest
  2. 123456
  3. password
  4. 12345
  5. a1b2c3
  6. 123456789
  7. Password1
  8. 1234
  9. abc123
  10. 12345678
  11. qwerty
  12. baseball
  13. football
  14. unknown
  15. soccer
  16. jordan23
  17. iloveyou
  18. monkey
  19. shadow
  20. g_czechout

Need some tips on how to choose a password you can remember, and is harder to hack?

  • Use at least 12 characters and mix them up! Throw in a @$%&!! and make sure to use numbers, lower case and upper case letters.
  • Don’t reuse them. This one sucks because we need a password for literally everything, but seriously don’t use the same one for every account.
  • Audit your accounts. Meaning, remember when you signed up for that subscription because you got a discount on that gift you bought your Great Aunt Ida and never used again? Yeah, delete that.
  • Update your passwords regularly. If you’re still using the same password you used for your MySpace account, it’s safe to say, you’ve been hacked.
  • Use a password manager. Most sites and apps have that feature.

Alright, now that you’ve learned your password sucks, get to changing it and keep yourself protected!


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