The worst passwords from 2021 revealed

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Having a strong password is now more important than ever. With cybercriminals constantly becoming more adept at cracking them, having a weak password is a ticket to having all of your digital life hacked. Especially if you use the same password across different websites.

NordPass collaborated with an independent cybersecurity research organisation to assess a huge 4TB password database. Unfortunately, they found that the disappointingly poor passwords from last year were once again extremely popular this year.

Here are the 5 most common passwords from this year:

123456
123456789
12345
qwerty
password

If you recognise any of these passwords as one you might or do use, you should consider changing it immediately. Likewise, if your password consists of a string of any consecutive numbers or keys on your keyboard, it will likely not take more than 2 seconds to crack.

The best way to combat this is to use strong passwords in tandem with a password manager. If you’re unsure of how to do this, look at our article detailing what a strong password is, how to set one, and the advantages of using a password manager.

This is a simple, but common problem, which all of us face almost daily. How will your employees fare against an even more common cyber security challenge? Find out today in our Free Click-Prone® Test.