In one study, the password management app “Nordpass” was found They are the most popular passwords in Switzerland.
The simple sequence of numbers 123456 is undefeated, in the second and third places there is a long and short version of it: 123456789 and 12345. Not only a little original – but also a success for hackers. In fourth place, characters are played with “password” – unfortunately this makes the password-hitting parade neither more creative nor more secure. After that, the series of numbers returned to fashion: 12345678 in fifth place and 1234 in sixth place.
In seventh place is finally something interesting: «qwerty». But how do the Swiss get that? It’s simple: QWERTY is the first six characters in the top left of the keyboard.
This is followed by another series of numbers, such as 111111, 000000 and other combinations of “qwerty”.
“Iloveyou” is at number 34 – and is popular with women
With “iloveyou” ranked 34th, things get romantic. By the way, this is used twice as often by women than by men. At number fifty-three comes the abuse of “fuckyou.”
Passwords such as “hello”, “dragon”, “monkey”, “princess”, “sunhine”, “soli”, “summer”, “soccer”, “hello”, “killer” and “blabla” also appear in The “Banana” and “Computer” menu.
Vehicles, first names, movie characters
Car brands are also popular: from luxury brands like Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes to Mustang and Harley, almost everything is included in the top 200.
First names are chosen just as much. The most famous is Daniel, followed by Andrea, Michael, Thomas, Sandra and Jessica. Movies like Star Wars or characters like Snoopy, Batman or Superman are equally popular.
Local patriotism and roaming when choosing a password
Local patriotism is likely to be a Swiss advantage. In addition to the names of the cities of Lausanne and Zurich, the names of clubs such as “fcbasel” or “juventus” appear. “Schwyz” and “Switzerland” can also be found among the top 200 companies. But you can also travel abroad with passwords like Italy, Portugal, London or Barcelona.
Musicians and bands like Eminem, Nirvana and Justin Bieber are also famous.
However, the study also shows how vulnerable most passwords are: 130 of the 200 most popular passwords chosen in Switzerland can be hacked in less than a second.
Careless handling of passwords
Jonas Karcles, CEO of Nordpass “Argoer Zeitung”. “Passwords are the key to our digital lives. As we spend more and more time on the internet, it will be important for everyone to take care of their cyber security. ”
Service provider Nordpass also provides tips on how to handle passwords. A complex password consists of at least 12 characters and a variety of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. You should not make it easy for hackers and never use old passwords again. Passwords must be updated regularly, i.e. changed every 90 days. (ct)