- More than half of the top 200 most common, and therefore dumbest, passwords were the same ones that appeared in the 2019 listing.
- How dumb, you may be wondering? Well, 123456 remains the most commonly used password of 2020, yes really, appearing 2,543,285 times in the database analysis. (275,699,516 were analyzed)
- Number four is the dumb ‘password,’ and ‘senha’ was just as bad, bringing up the rear of the top ten.
- Five characters do not a smart password make. Nor does using the Portuguese word for a password, because that’s what it means. Number 33 in the list of dumb passwords was unknown. No, literally, it was ‘unknown.’
- “Password managers, which can hold all our passwords securely, are the answer to this problem. Although many people think that putting all their passwords in one place on the cloud could make them vulnerable to attack, the opposite is in fact true. The clever use of two-factor authentication (2FA) and robust encryption is a far stronger mix than having to remember 100s of accounts, each with three random words.”
– Davey Winder | November 22, 2020