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Worst Passwords of 2021

We are becoming more aware as time goes by of how important it is to use a strong and secure password. I’m sure we’ve seen the term ‘strong password’ a lot over the past few years, but what does it actually mean?

What is a strong password?

Password strength is a measure of effectiveness against guessing or brute-force attacks. The ‘stronger’ the password, the less chance that someone will guess or crack it, and therefore there is less of a chance that you will be vulnerable to an attack online.

How to create a strong password

The most basic principles of creating a strong password include:

  • Don’t reuse passwords
    We understand that it can be difficult to keep track of multiple different passwords, however, it is vital not to reuse passwords. If someone gained access to an account where you use a password that is the same as another, it doesn’t take this person very long to gain access to your other account(s) that use this password.
  • Make your password long
    This is critical. Create your password with no less than 16 characters, if possible. It is a lot easier to crack a 5-character password than it is a 16-character password.
  • Use uppercase and lowercase letters
    The more mixed up the cases on your letters, the harder it is to crack. Although we don’t recommend, HeLLowORlD (1 month to crack) is a lot harder to crack than helloworld (58 minutes to crack).
  • Use numbers and symbols
    By using numbers and symbols in your passwords, this throws another spanner into the works for hackers and makes your password stronger and more secure.

    For example, if you added some numbers and symbols to our previous password example of HeLLowORlD, and made it to be @12HeLLowORlD12@, it would now take a computer 1 trillion years to hack, compared to 1 month.

  • Use a password manager
    If you find  it hard to not use the same password for multiple sites, we recommend using a Password Manager that can store all of your passwords securely. Bonus to a password manager is that most can generate a strong password and save it securely for you.

Most common and worst passwords of 2021

Below you will find a list of the most common and worst passwords of 2021 – according to SplashData and NordPass. If you find that your password(s) are on this list, we plead that you immediately change it to a strong one.

No.PasswordTime to crack it

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

123456

123456789

picture1

password

12345678

111111

123123

12345

1234567890

senha

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

3 hrs

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

10 sec

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

1234567

qwerty

abc123

Million2

000000

1234

iloveyou

aaron431

password1

qqww1122

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

3 hrs

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

3 hrs

< 1 sec

52 min

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

123

omgpop

123321

654321

qwertyuiop

qwer123456

123456a

a123456

666666

asdfghjkl

< 1 sec

2 min

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

4 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

31

32

33

34

35

36

37

38

39

40

ashley

987654321

unknown

zxcvbnm

112233

chatbooks

20100728

123123123

princess

jacket025

2 min

< 1 sec

17 min

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

1 day

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

8 hrs

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

48

49

50

evite

123abc

123qwe

sunshine

121212

dragon

1q2w3e4r

5201314

159753

123456789

10 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

26 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

51

52

53

54

55

56

57

58

59

60

pokemon

qwerty123

Bangbang123

jobandtalent

monkey

1qaz2wsx

abcd1234

default

aaaaaa

soccer

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

2 days

3 years

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

3 min

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

61

52

63

64

65

66

67

68

69

70

123654

ohmnamah23

12345678910

zing

shadow

102030

11111111

asdfgh

147258369

qazwsx

< 1 sec

12 days

< 1 sec

1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

71

72

73

74

75

76

77

78

79

80

qwe123

michael

football

baseball

1q2w3e4r5t

party

daniel

asdasd

222222

myspace1

< 1 sec

8 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

10 sec

5 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

3 hrs

81

82

83

84

85

86

87

88

89

90

asd123

555555

a123456789

888888

7777777

fuckyou

1234qwer

superman

147258

999999

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

91

92

93

94

95

96

97

98

99

100

159357

love123

tigger

purple

samantha

charlie

babygirl

88888888

jordan23

789456123

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

< 1 sec

Data from table above has been gathered from NordPass.com.

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