NordPass finds that “123456” is the most common password in Mexico in 2022

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According to NordPass, the most popular password in Mexico this year is “123456”. Globally, the most common password in the world is now “password”.

NordPass just released the results of its annual study on the most common passwords. This year’s study surveyed 30 countries and looked at how passwords were created and how password use differs by gender. NordPass also looked at the impact of pop culture trends on password choices.

Below is the list of the 20 most common passwords in Mexico.

  1. 123456
  2. 110110jp
  3. 123456789
  4. america1
  5. 12345
  6. 12345678
  7. Temporal2020
  8. password
  9. 1234
  10. 1234567
  11. 1234567890
  12. america
  13. Diagrams
  14. Juzgado2020
  15. qwerty
  16. guest
  17. 1q2w3e4r
  18. Alejandro
  19. joaokl12
  20. mexico

Even though cybersecurity experts have been warning people for a long time about the dangers of not being careful with passwords, many people still use the same ones over and over again. 73% of the 200 most common passwords in 2022 are the same as in 2021. In addition, 83% of the passwords on this year’s list can be cracked easily within a second.

Common password creation trends across countries and genders

Overall, the list of Mexican passwords shows trends that are similar to those of many other countries.

  1. People tend to opt for convenience: Easy-to-use combinations of numbers, letters, and symbols on the keyboard top the most charts around the world. “123456” is still the most common password in many countries including Mexico, Colombia, France and Japan, among other countries.
  2. People’s passwords are often influenced by pop culture and sports. For example, in Mexico, many people use passwords related to popular brands, sports teams, music and movies. Some examples are “metallica”, “cruzazul”, ” spiderman”, “onedirection”, “cocacola”, “pokemon”, “matrix”, “slipknot”, and “sperman”.
  3. Geography-related passwords are popular among Mexicans. “America1″, ” America” and ” Mexico” are some of the most commonly used passwords.
  4. “Password” is the most popular password in the world. This password is used more than 4.9 million times. However, “password” is also very popular in Mexico. It ranks number 117 on the list of most popular passwords in Mexico.
  5. People commonly use their own name as a password to protect their online accounts. In Mexico, the most popular names used as passwords are Alejandro, Carlos and Alejandra. Worldwide, the most popular names used to create passwords are Daniel, Thomas, Jordan, Michael, Marina and Jessica.

Pop culture influences when choosing a password

NordPass, in collaboration with independent researchers, looked at how current events and lifestyle trends influence passwords. The company found that people tend to use passwords based on movies, sports, food, cars, video games, artists and fashion brands. They even looked at which profanities are most reflected in passwords.

For example, common passwords in the “car” category are “mini”, “kia” and “ford”. The most common passwords for fashion brands are “tiffany”, “aldo” and “gap”.

Less publicly available data from cybersecurity incidents

Ieva Soblickaite, Chief Product Officer (CPO) of NordPass, said that this year the number of passwords publicly available for analysis was much smaller compared to previous years.

This trend is not surprising, as it is becoming increasingly difficult to guess passwords due to the rapid evolution of technologies. Soblickaite says that more and more websites are using Open Authentication 2.0 (OAuth 2.0), which is an industry standard designed to allow a website or application to access resources hosted by other web apps on behalf of a user, without the need for sharing their passwords.

Soblickaite says that developers have become better at hashing passwords, which means that it takes longer to crack them.

“Multi-factor authentication (MFA) also plays a role here: with the wider adoption of this technology, passwords are simply losing their value. Even if a password is hacked, identity authentication cannot be completed if the user has MFA enabled,” says Soblickaite.

Tips to keep your passwords safe

Companies apply security measures for protecting our accounts. In addition to this, all users must be careful with their passwords. Here are some essential measures to improve password “hygiene”:

  1. Be aware of all the accounts you have. According to experts, you must delete accounts that are not used and know the exact number of active accounts. This will help avoid loopholes in the management of your passwords.
  2. Write long, unique passwords, and never reuse them. The strongest passwords are made up of complicated combinations of numbers, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and symbols. You should never reuse passwords because if one account is hacked, the others are at risk.
  3. Use a password manager. This will help keep your passwords safe and encrypt them so that they cannot be accessed by anyone else and enables secured sharing. Many cyberattacks are caused by people making simple mistakes, like leaving their passwords out in the open or storing them in an unencrypted format.

Methodology: The password list was developed by independent researchers who investigated cybersecurity incidents. The researchers looked at a 3 TB database and classified the data into different categories so that they could do a statistical analysis based on countries and genders. For the gender category, the data was only classified if it had information about people’s genders. If the data didn’t have that information, it was classified as “unknown”.

You can read the full study here.

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