A bunch of independent anonymous researchers composed a list of 200 most popular passwords that were leaked in data breaches during 2019 and shared it with security firm NordPass.
What researchers found?
NordPass collected and analyzed a total of 500 million passwords from breaches this year. And the results of the study were consistent with findings from similar studies in previous years.
Along with simple numerical strings and common names, other easy to crack common passwords were simple strings such as ‘asdf,’ ‘qwerty,’ ‘iloveyou,’ etc. Experts have found resemblance in the data with the last year’s report by SplashData on the worst passwords.
Top 25 list of worst passwords
Below is the Top 25 list out of the 200 most popular passwords shared by the experts:
The research revealed that bad practice of using common passwords continues to give an edge to attackers online. Two big mistakes that people commit are - they adopt weak passwords because they are easier to remember and, use common passwords among multiple online services. With data breaches becoming so commonplace, internet users need to avoid such common mistakes and improve their cybersecurity posture.