NordPass Research: 101 Passwords Filipinos Are Using Can Be Cracked in Less Than A Second 

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(SDN) — How about this: A total of 101 passwords that Filipinos are using can be cracked, or uncovered, in less than a second. That’s how weak many passwords in the Philippines are.

So, wonder no more if you are one of those relying on weak passwords and became a victim of cybercriminals. Chances are yours is in the list that password manager app NordPass had compiled.

In an email to SDN — Science and Digital News, NordPass relayed the results of its global survey on passwords, saying a regular person has some 100 accounts (imagine that many passwords for a single human being).

Check it out in the NordPass press release below if yours is in the list of the 200 most common passwords:

NorPass said this year the annual research covers 50 different countries, top passwords among different genders, as well as the global view

In the Philippines, the most popular password is 123456, according to the 2021 research by NordPass. Moreover, it is the top password in 43 countries out of 50 analyzed, and is also the most popular one worldwide.

These are the top 20 most common passwords in the Philippines:

123456

123456789

password

12345

iloveyou

qwerty

1234567890

12345678

pogiako

qwertyuiop

secret

987654321

qwerty123

abc123

superman

mahalkita

654321

pokemon

princess

asdfghjkl

This year, NordPass published research features not only the top 200 passwords globally, but also covers the top 200 passwords of 50 different countries. Furthermore, readers can also explore the most common passwords among different genders in all the researched countries.

Here is the full research: https://nordpass.com/most-common-passwords-list/

Trends and differences among countries and genders

Overall, the Philippines password list has similar trends as many countries.

Easy number combinations, such as the winning “123456”, are popular everywhere in the world. In fact, “123456” was the most popular password in 43 out of the 50 countries analyzed, however, the top passwords in the remaining seven countries were not that much different. In India the top password was the word “password”, Indonesia — “12345”, Japan — “password”, Portugal — “12345”, Spain — “12345”, Thailand — “12345”, Ukraine — “qwerty”.

“Qwerty” and variations of it, or the localized versions of qwerty (for example, “qwertz” in Germany) are also popular in all analyzed countries.

Loving and positive words, such as “mahalkita”, “iloveyou”, “iloveu”, ”magandaako”, “mahalko”, “lovely” and others were very common.

Entertainment had a high influence on the Filipino’s passwords, too. “spongebob”, “pokemon”, “superman”, “naruto”, and so on.

Names were also very popular in these lists in every country. Some of the most popular names in the Philippines were “michael”, “joshua”, “and “nicole”.

Credit: NordPass

Weak passwords — a global problem

The NordPass research also illustrates how weak the top passwords are indicating the time it would take the hacker to crack that password. While the “Time to crack” measure is indicative, and depends on various technological aspects, it’s a good reference point on how poor these passwords are. Overall, in the Philippines, 101 passwords out of the 200 can be cracked in less than a second. That’s 50.5%, whereas globally, the percentage is 84.5%.

“Unfortunately, the passwords keep getting weaker and people still don’t maintain proper password hygiene,” says Jonas Karklys, CEO of NordPass.

“It’s important to understand that passwords are the gateway to our digital lives, and with us spending more and more time online, it’s becoming enormously important to take better care of our cybersecurity.”

Found your password on the “most popular” list?

Jonas Karklys, CEO of NordPass, advises to follow a few simple steps in order to improve your password hygiene.

If you found your password on the list, make sure to change it to a unique and strong password. Ideally, use a password generator online or in your password manager app to create a truly complex one.

Store your passwords in a password manager. Nowadays, an average person has around 100 accounts, therefore, it would be impossible to remember all the passwords if they are indeed unique and complex. Password managers are a great solution for that, however, make sure to use a trustworthy, reliable, and, ideally, third-party audited provider.

Use multi-factor authentication. Whether it’s biometric authentication, phone message, or a physical key, it’s always a good idea to add an additional security layer on top of your password.

Methodology: The list of passwords was compiled in partnership with independent researchers specializing in research of cybersecurity incidents. They evaluated a 4TB-sized database.

Researchers classified the data into various verticals, which allowed them to perform a statistical analysis based on countries and gender.

With regard to the gender vertical, the researched data was classified by gender only if it included a gender key. If the breached data didn’t contain the data key, it was classified as “unknown”. (✓)

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About NordPass

NordPass is a password manager for both business and consumer clients. It’s powered by the latest technology for the utmost security. Developed with affordability, simplicity, and ease-of-use in mind, NordPass allows users to access passwords securely on desktop, mobile, and browsers. All passwords are encrypted on the device, so only the user can access them. NordPass was created by the experts behind NordVPN — the advanced security and privacy app trusted by more than 14 million customers worldwide. For more information: nordpass.com.

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