Samsung appears to be an increasingly used option as a password.
We are slowly approaching December. And with those last weeks, the typical end-of-year lists also appear. That is no different in the digital world. For example, NordPass, which specializes in online security, once again collected the most used passwords of the year.
A notable riser in that list is ‘samsung’, indeed, often with only lowercase letters. The popular brand went from 198th place in 2021 to 78th place in the ranking. It’s not unusual (but not recommended) to use a brand name as a password: “google,” for example, was ranked 165th last year. And was replaced this year in the top 200 by ‘googledummy’ in place 145.
What is even more striking is that the study was conducted in 30 countries, but not in South Korea, Samsung’s home country. According to the study, the most popular password is still ‘password’…
Passwords such as ‘samsung’, other brand names or simple words of barely 7 letters can be cracked in a second (!) according to specialists. The same goes for obvious combinations of numbers, names of celebrities or your pet.
Belgium was one of those thirty countries and the same striking and let’s be honest, lazy passwords popped up with us as well. Still at the top of the list here: ‘123456’. But ‘password’ also reached the top ten among the Belgians, just like ‘azerty’.
Despite the many warnings, such passwords are still commonplace. You would also be surprised how many people use the same, easy, password everywhere. The main reason for this is undoubtedly convenience.
But not locking a door is also easy, as is leaving a window open. And yet those are things we rarely do. Because that’s physical, you see that. Not a password.
So you wouldn’t make it easy for an ordinary burglar, do the same for a digital variant. Change your passwords regularly to get started. Don’t limit yourself to just letters or numbers, combine. And preferably with spaces, punctuation marks and symbols in between. Using partial capital letters is also a good idea.
If you don’t want to concern yourself with that, you can always download a password manager that generates combinations for you and saves them.
In 2023, we no longer want to see your passwords in the top 200 of NordPass!
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