May 4th is Star Wars Day and the day before Cinco de Mayo, but it’s also World Password Day. Ahead of that, NordPass has come out with new research revealing the most used passwords in the U.S.
The company finds many of the usual suspects are on the list, noting that “despite growing cybersecurity awareness, old habits die hard,” as people are still using weak passwords on their accounts. In fact, the research shows that 83% of these commonly used passwords can be cracked in “less than a second.”
- According to NordPass, the most popular password is no longer “123456,” it’s now “guest.”
- Other common passwords include simple combinations of letters, numbers and symbols, like “abc123” and “qwerty.”
- People tend to use cultural experiences, lifestyle trends and recent events to create their passwords. American pro sports team names, like Boston Red Sox, are also extremely popular passwords.
The Top 20 Most Common Passwords in the U.S.