Cybernews has published the 2022 rankings for the worst passwords used by users in 2022. Apparently, even this year, Internet users haven’t learned to stop using weak passwords like 123456 or “password”. Here are the passwords not to use to secure your online accounts, as these are the most commonly used and easiest to guess.
Most used passwords in 2022
The Cybernews study uses data collected from security breaches that are now public on the internet, where account passwords can be seen. The first category of easily “guessed” passwords are defaults, which remain unchanged after an account is registered:
Then, many users put their hometown, or country of origin, as their password, here are the most popular ones:
Top cities in passwords
Top countries in words
Words too simple
Top dirty words in words
Some users put obscene words or swear words to remember passwords faster:
Other users use days of the week, months of the year or seasons, here is their order
And brands are used for passwords, here are the ones that are popular among users:
Many also use food or cooking tools for passwords
The animal kingdom has not escaped either. Here are the most popular animals used in the lyrics
Recommended would be not to use easy-to-guess words, popular phrases, brands, or other simple passwords. Complex and hard-to-crack words consist of many characters, with letters, numbers, and symbols. There are solutions such as password management software that generate and manage these passwords, which even users don’t actually know. Ideally, each password used should be unique.