Japan’s Most Popular Passwords in 2022Technology Society
According to the Panamanian security company Nord Security, the most commonly used password in Japan in 2022 was “123456.” Alongside it in the top three were “password” and “1234.” Further down the ranking was “1qaz2wsx,” which at first glance may seem like random letters and numbers, but it’s actually just the characters in the order they appear on a keyboard. As can be seen from Nord Security’s top 20 ranking below, most of these passwords can be hacked in a second.
Among the top 50 commonly used passwords were people’s names like “hiromi” and “miyuki.” Flower names such as “sakura” (cherry blossom) and “himawari” (sunflower) also appeared, along with anime and manga related words like “doraemon.”
The company also announced the top 200 passwords based on their research in 30 countries. The most common was “password” (used more than 4.9 million times), followed by “123456” (used approximately 1.5 million times) in second place, and “123456789” (used approximately 410,000 times) ranking third.
Nord Security recommended that to keep passwords secure, it is best to “create a long, unique password and don’t reuse it” or “use a password manager app.”
Japan’s 20 Most Popular Passwords
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Created by Nippon.com based on data from Nord Security.
(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)