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As we all know, passwords are important. They are what keep our accounts and devices safe. However, the National Cyber Security Centre has revealed the top 100,000 most commonly used passwords and they are surprising to say the least.

Click here for the list of the 100,000 most common passwords.

According to a breach analysis conducted by the National Cyber Security Centre, over 23 million accounts across the world used “123456” as their passwords.

Here are the top few passwords of a few different categories.

 

Total

  1. 123456 (23.2 million)
  2. 123456789 (7.7 million)
  3. qwerty (3.8 million)
  4. password (3.6 million)
  5. 1111111 (3.1 million)

Names

  1. ashley (432,276)
  2. michael (425,291)
  3. daniel (368,227)
  4. jessica (324,125)
  5. charlie (308,939)

Fictional Characters

  1. superman (333,139)
  2. naruto (242,749)
  3. tigger (237,290)
  4. pokemon (226,947)
  5. batman (203,116)

Musicians

  1. blink182 (285,706)
  2. 50cent (191,153)
  3. eminem (167,983
  4. metallica (140,841)
  5. slipknot (140,833)

If you’re not sure what to do to keep your passwords safe, here are some good practices to keep in mind.

  • Don’t reuse passwords. This is a fatal mistake that people make; they keep the same password across all their accounts. That is bad news because if someone figures out just one of your passwords, they will have access to all your accounts.
  • Make it personal. Choosing a password that means something to you, then modifying it to make it more secure can make a big difference. Replace various numbers and letters with punctuation and symbols to keep it more secure.
  • There are several services that generate secure passwords and stores them for you, however, be mindful that you are entrusting a third party to secure your passwords. Make sure you choose a reputable password manager that you trust.