Research shows "guest" overtakes "123456" as No. 1 in the US
November 14, 2022
Despite cybersecurity experts continuously warning about the consequences of irresponsible password management, internet users were found guilty again. Compared to the data from 2021, 73% of the 200 most common passwords in 2022 remain the same. Furthermore, 83% of the passwords in this year’s list can be cracked in less than a second.
Two of the biggest rules of thumb when it comes to password safety are not sharing passwords with others and using different passwords across accounts. It may not seem like a big deal to indulge in password laziness from time to time, but these lapses could end up having more drastic consequences.
The study dug into a market on the dark web that has sold items worth $17.3 million. Having analyzed data from more than 50 countries, independent researchers found many online credentials usually used to launch broad scams and hacks.