In conjunction with World Password Day on 5 May, ExpressVPN decided to have a look at the most commonly used passwords in the world, and how they varied in different countries and cultures
For example, ExpressVPN said "123456" is the most commonly used password around the world
Looking at data from a third-party study of leaked passwords by Github user Ata Hakçıl, they said passwords that are easy to type are the most universal.
However, they also noted, "It becomes more interesting when cultural differences influence the use of bad passwords."
It turns out that "sayang" is a common password among Malaysians (as well as Indonesians), in the same way that "iloveyou" is one of the most common passwords in the United States and "passwort" — the German word for password — is in Germany.
"Sayang is a term used to express affection (such as love, sweetheart), or a missed opportunity," they explained on Facebook.
Meanwhile, in Italy, one of the most common passwords is "juventus", a popular Italian football team, and in France, "azerty" is common due to how French keyboards are arranged (as opposed to "qwerty").
Unfortunately, ExpressVPN said people are not savvy at selecting strong passwords
In an online survey, they found that the average US adult uses the same password across six different websites or platforms, and even opts to use their own first or last name in the passwords they create.
As a word of advice, the company recommended users to use password managers and to also create passwords that are long, randomly made up of letters, numbers, symbols, and are unique for each and every account they may have.
Have a look at ExpressVPN's infographic here:
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