Inventing a new password and especially remembering it is an everyday torment.
However, using the same or too easy a password can be rewarding, as breaking it can take less than a second for a hacker, warns NordPass, which develops password management software.
The company has published a list of the 200 most common passwords, which by no means should anyone use anymore.
The original list published by NordPass also shows information on their ranking compared to last year.
Next to each password is also marked how long it takes to crack them.
For example, the 123456 and 123456789 at the top of the list are broken in less than a second, as are the passwords and 12345678, which are the fourth and fifth on the list.
There have been surprising changes at the top of the list.
12345, which held number one last year, has dropped to eighth, and picture1 has risen to third place and senha to tenth.
There is a natural explanation for the word Senha.
The word is Portuguese and means the same as the English password.
In addition to Portugal, Portugal is spoken in Brazil, Angola and Mozambique, among others.
Even by looking at the list, it should be clear that the numbers given in the sequence should not be used as passwords at all.
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NordPass also gives a few other tips for creating a better password.
For example, you should avoid words found in dictionaries as they are, and not letters.
Also, do not use your personal information, which may be partially public, such as a phone number or birthday, as passwords under any circumstances.
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The longer the password, the better.
According to NordPass, a password of less than 12 characters should not be satisfied.
The password should be mixed with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and other characters.
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