If you set passwords like these, it’s time to change.

Since the day it was invented in the early 1970s, Password has been widely used for many purposes, from logging retrieving e-mail, watching movies, accessing a database, connecting Wi-fi. Although it has been around for half a century, many people still don’t seem to bother creating a decent password to protect their accounts and personal information.

Unsurprisingly, the champion of this list is “123456”, where the crown has been unchanged for the past 7 years. In 2012 and 2011, this six-digit sequence was one-rank lowered than “password” which is of course still on the 2020 list.

So, here we go, the list of passwords in the hall of fame (or should I say hall of shame) of 2020, according to NordPass:

10 most common passwords of 2020

1. 123456
2. 12345678
3. picture1
4. password
5. 12345678
6. 11111
7. 123123
8. 12345
9. 1234567890
10. senha

How to create the most secure password?

To have better protection for your account and information, a password should not be containing only one element (word, number, special characters). A combination of all those elements will make your password harder to guess or to crack. Adding capital letters will add another layer of protection to your password. A password “Uh3oi2!mh#H84” is definitely better than just “123456”

Ranked 3rd on this list is “picture1”, which is its first time being named in history. It is a combination of word and number, and it shows a sign of progress in user behaviour when setting up a password.

Creating a complicated password means it is more secure, but also harder to memorize, especially if you have a different password for different accounts. A Password Management Application (1Password, LastPass…) can help you memorize them all, and you just need to remember the Master Password to access your password vault.

For your important accounts, an extra step you can do is periodically changing your password. Combine with a strong password, your account will be well protected.