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Most common passwords Aussies use, revealed

Nord Security has found that a surprisingly large number of Aussies are still using predictable passwords and common combinations to protect their personal information.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022
Most common passwords Aussies use, revealed
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The cyber security firm reveals the top 20 passwords used in Australia and just how easy the combinations are to crack. The global security firm has found an astonishing number of Australians continue to use predictable combinations to protect their personal information.

The most common passwords used by Aussies are shockingly weak and predictable passwords.

The firm found "123456" was the most common password used by Australians, with the combination recorded a whopping 308,000 times.

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The second most preferred password was simply "password", which featured 191,800 times and would take a hacker just one second to crack.

Coming in third was "lizottes", a slightly less common combination that was used 98,220 times and would take three hours to unlock.

The analysis also found people were fond of using their names as passwords with "Charlie" ranking in at 11, and "Michael" at 28.

Nord Security found Australia ranked high on its risk index compared to other countries across the globe.

The index measures the number of passwords leaked per capita, split into three categories: low, average and high.

The use of predictable passwords in Australia comes amid the Optus data breach, which has compromised the personal information of up to 9.8 million customers.

The firm advised creating a complex password containing 12 characters with a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols, to keep hackers at bay.

"A single password for multiple accounts is a hacker's delight," Nord Security researchers said.

"If only one of the accounts is compromised, consider all your other accounts jeopardised."

To add another layer of protection, the firm recommended never to use the same combination on multiple platforms and to change passwords every 90 days.

Most Common Passwords used in Australia in 2021:

  • 123456 – less than one second to crack used 308,483 times
  • password less than one second to crack used 191,880 times
  • lizottes three hours to crack used 98,220 times
  • password1 less than one second to crack used 86,884 times
  • 123456789 less than one second to crack used 75,856 times
  • 12345 less than one second to crack used 69,344 times
  • abc123 less than one second to crack used 68,434 times
  • qwerty less than one second to crack used 67,130 times
  • 12345678 less than one second to crack used 37,675 times
  • holden two minutes to crack used 30,844 times
  • charlie - less than one second to crack used 30,527 times
  • 1234567 less than one second to crack used 28,059 times
  • qwerty1 less than one second to crack used 27,088 times
  • 111111 less than one second to crack used 26,481 times
  • dragon less than one second to crack used 26,473 times
  • 1234 less than one second to crack used 26,145 times
  • 1234567890 less than one second to crack used 23,511 times
  • qwerty123 less than one second to crack used 23,409 times
  • australia six seconds to crack used 21,666 times
  • princess less than one second to crack used 21,660 times

Nord Security compiled a list of 200 passwords used in 2021, ranking them by the number of times they have been used.

[Related: 1 in 5 Aussies encounter scams on a daily basis, new research reveals]

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