'Liverpool', 'password' and '123456' among most commonly used passwords in Ireland

Thousands of accounts share the same password
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Clodagh Meaney

If you use ‘Liverpool’, ‘password’ or ‘123456’ as a password for an online account, it might be time to update it.

It comes as the three phrases are among the top 200 most common passwords used in Ireland in 2021.

The list, compiled by Nord VPN says that it could take a hacker less than one second to access accounts that use common phrases as their passwords.

‘123456’ is the most common password used, with over 66,000 accounts in Ireland protected with that sequence of numbers.

Meanwhile, ‘password’ is the second most popular one used, coming in second with over 33,000 accounts secured with the phrase.

‘Liverpool’ appears to be a common word used by people across the country seeing over 25,000 accounts using the English city as a their password.

Other variants of these passwords make up the majority of the top 10 most used, with ‘123456789’ in fourth place, ‘12345’ in fifth place and ‘password1’ in sixth place.

‘Qwerty’ is the seventh most used password in Ireland, while ‘12345678’ is eight.

‘Liverpool1’ is the ninth most used, ‘Ireland’ comes in tenth.

Other popular passwords that can be cracked in less than one second include ‘Dublin’, ‘Arsenal’ and ‘Celtic’ as well as ‘Manutd’, ‘Chelsea’ and ‘champion.’

Hackers begin to face issues with decrypting beyond the 27th most popular password ‘Ireland1’ which would take someone over 3 hours to crack.

In 33rd place ‘iloveyou’ would also take under a second to bypass.

Names such as Daniel, Michael, Patrick, Hannah, Thomas, Michelle and Aisling are all among the most popular words used across the country.

Globally, the most popular password used is ‘123456’, with over 100,000 accounts protected by the number.

Similar other number combinations ‘123456789’ and ‘12345’ complete the top three most popular passwords across the world.

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