November 26, 2020

In 2020, the weak passwords most commonly used by users worldwide are still 123456 and 123456789

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The year 2020 is about to end, so the selection of the worst passwords of the year is also coming as scheduled, but the results of this selection are actually not much changed every year, and it is slightly boring.

For example, the weak passwords most commonly used by users around the world are still 123456 and 123456789. Brute-force cracking of such weak passwords can be done in 1 second.

Because the dictionaries used for brute force cracking have built-in such weak passwords, it will be easy to solve these weak passwords in seconds.

One rookie among the weak passwords this year is picture1. This new password looks a bit complicated but actually takes only 3 hours to crack.

Image: nordpass

The purpose of the password manager developers to count the ranking of such weak passwords every year is actually to remind users not to use weak passwords and to use strong passwords.

An ideal high-strength password should contain uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and punctuation marks. This combination of passwords is relatively difficult to crack. The weak passwords are too easy to guess, so hackers do not need to use brute force cracking at all to crack them in full order.

Because such a very common password has already been in the dictionary, it only takes a few seconds to run the dictionary to get the account, so this kind of password is also useless.