With the increasing number of data breaches, taking care of your passwords is as essential as ever. One of the key elements of a strong password is its uniqueness. Therefore, today we present the most commonly used passwords & phrases used in passwords by people around the world.
The CyberNews Investigation team was interested in what kind of most common password patterns everyday people were using in creating their own passwords. We collected data from publicly leaked data breaches, including the Breach Compilation, Collection #1-5, and other databases. We then anonymized the data and detached the passwords so that we could look at that data in isolation and find the most popular passwords and phrases used.
In total, we were able to analyze 15,212,645,925 passwords, of which 2,217,015,490 were unique. We discovered some interesting things about the way that people create passwords: their favorite sports teams, cities, food and even curse words. We could even deduce the probable age of the person by looking at which year they use in their password.
As the data came in various forms, we filtered the results to only include terms that we could make sense of, and from which we could gather some insights.
The top 10 most common passwords worldwide:
There are a few lists documenting the most commonly used passwords – all of them based on different studies. What all of them have in common is their predictability.
2021 popular password statistics according to our research
We analyzed 15.2 billion passwords according to different categories of terms used. We’ll go over the most interesting aspects of each category that we looked at.
Most popular years used in passwords
One of the most interesting things is when we looked at which years from 1900-2020 were the most used by people when they made passwords.
Making a rough assumption, people may generally use years in their passwords to mark:
- their birth year
- the year in which the password was created
- a special year
From our analysis, we see that the most popular year was 2010, with nearly 10 million versions of this year used in passwords. The second-most popular used year was 1987 at 8.4 million, and the third was 1991 at nearly 8.3 million.
Looking at the graph in total, there’s a steady increase in usage from around 1940 all the way to 1990. The trend goes down after that, to rise again sharply from 2004 to 2010……Read More>>