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by John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.
Users Still Using Stupid Awful Passwords
November 18, 2021
Despite being criticized for having weak and easily guessed passwords, users continue to practice deplorable cybersecurity hygiene. Year after year, we lecture about the requirement to have unique, long and non‑dictionary passwords. I suppose we are wasting oxygen as bad passwords are still extremely common today. To support that statement, Gizmodo reported that another list of the worst passwords of 2021 has been recently released. Shocker, but it is still awful.
Each year, NordPass releases a list of the 200 most common passwords used for login credentials. It is amazing that year after year, people still insist on having 123456 as their password. Hopefully, you are not using one of the awful passwords in the list. If you are curious, just jump over to the NordPass site and see the list of awful passwords. You can see the global list or filter it based on a specific country. These are the top 20 worst passwords for the United States, all of which can be cracked in less than one second.
To quote Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Yet again, another reason to use a password manager and have strong passwords.