January 17, 2022

Here’s how Christmassy and religious passwords pose a threat to your security

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Recent research reveals religious and Christmas-related passwords are among the most popular 
 

Annual research by NordPass revealed that Christmassy and religious passwords are particularly popular among internet users. And while everybody adores the holiday season, the excitement should not affect your password hygiene.  

The report has found these to be the most common religious passwords:

  1. blessing     
  2. christ
  3. jesusislord
  4. godisgood
  5. praise
  6. jesus
  7. jesus1
  8. miracle
  9. jesuschrist
  10. Blessed
  11. Savior
  12. jesuss

“The overarching trend this research found is that people tend to gravitate towards passwords that are very easy to remember or represent something they have great fondness towards. In such cases, people sacrifice their privacy and security for a tiny bit of convenience,” says Chad Hammond, a cybersecurity expert at NordPass

“The most common passwords are easy to crack because their popularity makes them the first ones to get tested. But the main culprit behind hacked passwords is their simplicity because the more straightforward the password, the easier it is to brute force it,” Hammond says. 

For those whose New Year’s resolution is to maintain better password hygiene, Hammond recommends including these practices in your digital routine: 

  1. Check the strength of your password. Make sure it’s not as weak as “blessing.” Use online tools to check your password strength. 
     
  2. Update all your passwords and use those that are unique and complicated to safeguard your accounts. Employ a password generator to make sure they are impossible to guess. 
     
  3. Use MFA if possible. Whether it’s an app, biometric data, or a hardware security key, your accounts will be much safer when you add that extra layer of protection.
     
  4. Set up a password manager. It is a great tool for both generating and storing passwords. Advanced password managers like NordPass also have useful features such as Data Breach Scanner, which helps you find out whether any of your accounts have been compromised. 
     
  5. Make sure to check all of your accounts for suspicious activity regularly. If you notice something unusual, change your password immediately.
     

ABOUT NORDPASS

NordPass is a password manager for both business and consumer clients. It’s powered by the latest technology for the utmost security. Developed with affordability, simplicity, and ease-of-use in mind, NordPass allows users to access passwords securely on desktop, mobile, and browsers. All passwords are encrypted on the device, so only the user can access them. NordPass was created by the experts behind NordVPN — the advanced security and privacy app trusted by more than 14 million customers worldwide. For more information: nordpass.com.

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