Toronto – Cyber security company NordPass, which sells password management services, has published Its list of the top 200 most common passwords in Canada And say that many Canadians are using passwords that are easy to guess.
Various variations of the usual suspects, such as “password,” “qwerty,” “abc123” and “123456,” topped this year’s list of the most common passwords in Canada. These passwords also dominate the list of most common passwords in other countries and around the world.
But there were some entries that were unique to Canada. NordPass says Canadians had “probably the largest number of country-related passwords.” “Canada” was the 15th most common password in this country. Other common country-related passwords on the list include “Toronto,” “Montreal” and “Canada1.”
Sport was found to be another frequent theme. Well, “hockey” was the 11th most common password in Canada, while “soccer,” “baseball” and “basketball” ranked lower on the list.
There was also a difference in the types of passwords preferred by men and women. Canadian men were three times more likely than women to use “hockey” passwords, while passwords such as “IloveU,” “princess” and “sunshine” were far more common among women.
The researchers also found that many Canadians were using their own names as their passwords. “Tiffany” was the eighth most common password in Canada. Names like “Maggie,” “Matthew,” “Bailey,” “Michelle” and “Andrew” were also in the top 50.
NordPass says that 144 of the top 200 most common passwords in Canada can be cracked in less than a second. Of the 50 countries it analyzed, the firm says Canada has the eighth highest number of password leaks per capita.
“Unfortunately, passwords are becoming vulnerable and people still do not maintain proper password hygiene,” NordPass Jonas Karklis said in a news release. “It is important to understand that passwords are the gateway to our digital lives, and with more and more time we spend online, it is becoming increasingly important to take better care of our cyber security.”
NordPass recommends using a unique password for each account. A good password should be at least 12 characters long, consisting of numbers, letters and symbols.
Since the average user has more than 100 accounts, storing them in a password manager can make it easier to keep track of passwords, NordPass says. Using multi-factor authentication such as text message codes or an authenticator app can also add an extra layer of security.
Top 20 Most Common Passwords in Canada
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