The list of the most common passwords of 2020 is out. And it looks like a lot of folks — and their companies — are vulnerable.
NordPass just released its list of the Top 200 passwords of the year for 2020. Check out what made it to the top of the list:
The majority of them are the usual suspects and take less than a second to crack!
However two new entries made the top 10 that you’ll want to urge your staffers not to use:
- No. 3: picture1, which gets cracked in three hours, and
- No. 10: senha, the Spanish word for password, which takes only slightly longer than its English counterpart to crack at 10 seconds.
The full list also has some frequently tapped categories, from sports to food to curse words.
Best password practices
The last thing you want is one of your own employees relying on these all-too-easy-to-crack codes.
The new year provides a good opportunity for yet another reminder of what makes a strong password in NordPass’s eyes. It:
- has a minimum of 12 characters
- contains a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols
- gets changed at least every 90 days, and
- hasn’t been used before.
Even IRS has weighed in on what makes for a secure password. Worth checking out.