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Your password hygiene remains atrocious, says NordPass

November 20, 2023

It’s that time of year again – NordPass has released its annual list of the most common passwords. And while it seems some of you took last year’s chiding to heart, most of you arguably swapped bad for worse.

Password manager vendor NordPass, which is well aware of the poor quality of passwords, reported that last year’s top password flop – “password” – fell to number seven, but previous leaders remain in the top spots.

“123456” ranked the most popular across the globe, followed by “admin,” the oh-so secure “12345678,” and its cousin “123456789.” Strings of sequential numbers starting with the number one from four to ten characters were generally high on the list, as was UNKNOWN, which actually stood out from the group – most passwords NordPass ranked could be cracked in under a second, but UNKNOWN would require a full 17 minutes.

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