The company ExpressVPN recently introduced a beautiful infographic that reveals less glorious information: the most common passwords worldwide. If the goal is, of course, to raise awareness, there are funny anecdotes about the habits of users in different countries. There are nuggets, and the favorite password of the French is one of them …
We can never say enough: Creating strong, unique passwords for your online accounts is key to avoiding nasty surprises. Because a password called “weak”, which breaks easily, will make its owner an easy target for malicious network thieves, the famous hackers. And those who usually use the same password for multiple accounts will be more embarrassed, as these will be de facto all exposed. However, despite all the circulating recommendations, habits are dying out, as evidenced each year by the rankings of the worst passwords used.
Today is another report that we invite you to discover. More specifically, an infographic, as revealing as it is comic. We come from ExpressVPN, a company that, as its name suggests, offers VPN services, that is, specialized in security and especially in the anonymity of users on the Internet. This presents “the most common passwords in the world“, revealing fun preferences by geographic area”.Weak passwords are a global problem, but they come in different forms depending on the region and language“, we can read in the preamble, before we have”an overview of frequently used passwords in different countries“.
We first note that ExpressVPN was concerned with omitting a number of passwords, which are actually the most used in the world as indicated by the various annual rankings, but which by definition are too universal for this study. That is, all passwords of type “123456“,”azerty“or better”qwerty“Among English-speakers. Here, the VPN company has wanted to highlight the specifics by nation. This is how we discovered that, in addition to the classic passwords mentioned, this is the term”Stuffed animal“which is often favored by the French. How handsome.
Passwords that make sense, no matter how adorable or funny they may be, are forgotten!
We also note that in Germany we are more pragmatic because it is “password“which is popular, as well as in Denmark and Norway where it is”webhompass“, or terms that roughly translate to …”password“Although they like to be welcomed in the Netherlands when they connect.”welcome“In the UK it’s a weird name that has a user-friendly nickname.”Ashley“We also notice a real passion for football in Italy and Croatia, where the favorite passwords are respectively.”juventus“i”dynamo“(probably for the Dinamo Zagreb club, currently the first in the Croatian league for little information). And while in some countries there is little effort to make passwords a little stronger, but not enough, combining numbers and letters (“mustang73“in Latin America”,India123“in India …), the prize for the most romantic password goes to the United States:”I love youAgain, that’s nice.
If this infographic has something to smile about, it should be borne in mind that its goal remains to raise public awareness. All of these terms, no matter how adorable and fun they are, obviously should be banned. As we saw in a previous article, for a password to be truly secure, it must contain both numbers, letters, uppercase and lowercase letters, and symbols (whatever a punctuation mark, hyphen, or star on the keyboard). Not only that, but it should also be long enough, ideally more than 10 characters, to be virtually unexplored. Finally, as we said at the beginning of the article, it is better not to put all the eggs in the same basket, but to use different passwords for each online account.
Granted, this may seem tedious, but it is important to ensure safe web browsing. And the good news is that today there are password managers that make it easier for us … Remember that this is a solution included in the SFR Cybersecurity option, which is currently offered for only 1 euro in the first month ( then 5 euros per month, without commitment). ).