A 2022 NordPass study reveals the most common passwords of the year. The most common password globally was 'password', which was cracked within less than a second on average.
Additionally, researchers notice the same pattern every year — sports teams, movie characters and food items dominate every password list.
Films and shows like Batman, Euphoria and Encanto were among the most popular releases in 2021/2022. All are also popular passwords: “batman” was used 2,562,776 times, “euphoria” 53,993 and “encanto” 10,808 times.
Top 5 global passwords:
• password: 4,929,113 uses
• 123456: 1,523,537 uses
• 123456789: 413,056 uses
• guest: 376,417 uses
• qwerty: 309,679 uses
Top 5 U.S. Passwords:
• guest: 127,861 uses
• 123456: 109,322 uses
• password: 74,533 uses
• 12345: 31,675 uses
• a1b2c3: 15,702 uses
Security leaders can encourage employees to utilize safer password practices to help ensure company data isn't compromised. The report provided the following guidelines to help build stronger passwords:
Think long and complex
A complex password is one that contains at least 12 characters and a variety of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Using a password generator is the easiest way to create complex passwords.
Don’t reuse passwords
A single password for multiple accounts makes a hacker's job that much easier. If only one of the accounts is compromised, all other accounts become jeopardized.
Regularly check which accounts still in use and ones typically unused. Unused accounts can put personal online security at risk because breaches may go undetected.
Check password strength and update regularly
Regularly assess password health. Identify weak, reused or old passwords and fortify online security with new, complex ones.