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The world’s most common password has been revealed and it’s not that difficult to guess. In fact, the world’s most common password is “password.”

That’s according to new data from password manager company NordPass, which creates a list of the most common and therefore worst passwords each year. “We learned that despite growing cybersecurity awareness, old habits die hard,” NordPass says.

Sadly this means using simple credentials such as “password”, your favourite football team, or your pet’s name to secure your accounts. Worse, many people are repeating their passwords across multiple sites. This can leave you in a precarious position if one of your accounts is hacked, as attackers can access other services you use.

The top 10 most common passwords

Nordpass has listed the 100 most used passwords on its site, but for your viewing pleasure, here are the top 10:

1. password

2. 123456

3. 123456789

4. guest

5. qwerty

6. 12345678

7. 111111

8. 12345

9. col123456

10. 123123

Why you need better passwords and how to do it

Judging from NordPass’ 10 most common passwords, many people have a lack of imagination when creating credentials. There could be a number of reasons for this but it’s probably because most people are in a hurry and just want to use the app or service.

That’s understandable, but there are a few ways you can improve your passwords and reduce your risk of being hacked.

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First, it’s important to create a strong, unique password for each service you use. Ideally, this will be long and a combination of letters, numbers and other characters, created by a password manager such as NordPass, 1Password, or even Apple’s iCloud Keychain.

You’ll also need to create a password for the password manager itself that you will need to remember—or you can write it down on a piece of paper which you must keep safe.

If you find the idea of a password manager overwhelming, there’s nothing wrong with a paper password book. Don’t ever carry this with you, especially when you are out with your device. While it’s certainly not the best solution, it can help protect those who are less technical such as older family members.

You can also check whether your passwords have appeared in a breach via a service such as HaveIBeenPwned. If you do find your details were compromised, change the password on that site and anywhere else if you have reused it.

Make sure you regularly audit your accounts, deleting any you don’t use.

In addition, use two-factor authentication when you can, such as Face ID and Touch ID. Security keys such as the Yubico YubiKey are also handy and very secure, helping you to keep your accounts as safe as possible.

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