Password 123456 on a computer. Source: Shutterstock.

NordPass, a password management company, analyzed a database of around 500 million passwords that were leaked in data breaches during 2019 and compiled a list of the ones most frequently used. Comparing that list to passwords from the preceding 10 years resulted in a worrisome conclusion: Americans are not taking passwords seriously. Every year, the top 10 or 20 passwords on the list of most commonly used passwords will show the following entries: 12345, test1, qwerty, abc123, password and admin.

Security experts can preach and preach about the importance of choosing strong passwords, but it seems to be having little effect. Maybe it’s because people have heard the subject discussed so many times that it starts to sound like the “Peanuts” cartoon when Charlie Brown’s teacher is talking, but all he hears is “Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah.”

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