The Worst Passwords of 2020 – Did Yours Make the List?

Coming up with secure passwords isn’t always easy, especially if you’re looking for things you can actually remember. Although giving yourself something short and sweet may seem like the best choice at the time, it’ll likely come back to haunt you.

If you’re concerned about your online security, choosing the right password should be your first step. Just make sure you don’t base your choice off of 2020’s worst passwords.

Image of a lock icon on a coding screen to explain you need strong passwords.

NordPass recently put together a list of 2020’s most common passwords, which details how many times a password has been exposed, used, and how much time it would take to crack it.

Did your password make it onto this year’s list? Read below to find out!

Here are the worst passwords of 2020:

1. 123456
2. 123456789
3. picture1 (new this year!)
4. password
5. 12345678
6. 111111
7. 123123
8. 12345
9. 1234567890
10. senha (new this year!)
11. 1234567
12. qwerty
13. abc123
14. Million2
15. 000000
16. 1234
17. iloveyou
18. aaron431 (new this year!)
19. password1
20. qqww1122 (new this year!)

4 Tips for Better Passwords

If you think these passwords are easy to crack, imagine how easy a hacker would think they are! If you want to make sure you’re doing the most to secure your passwords, experts have a few tips to ensure you’re doing all you can do:

1. Diversify the characters in your password – using different combinations of letter, numbers, symbols, uppercase, and lowercase characters is a great way to boost your password strength.

2. A long password goes a long way – most experts agree that keeping your password at a 12 character minimum is best. Are all of your passwords at least 12 characters long?

3. Make sure you’re not using the same password for all your accounts it’s like using one key for all your locks – once someone has one, they have access to everything. Get creative and brainstorm some different passwords.

4. Use Chrome Sync – Chrome Sync can save your bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings securely to your Google Account and allow you to access them from Chrome on any device — including the StartMeStick!

An image of Chrome on a laptop to show how you can use Chrome Sync to save your passwords across devices.

What is Chrome Sync?

Google Chrome lets you sync your browsing activity across any device. Things like your bookmarks, history, passwords, and extensions sync from your Google account, creating a seamless experience on any device.

You can choose what information you want Chrome to sync – be it everything, just passwords or somewhere in the middle.

This makes creating strong, unique passwords easy as they’re automatically synced across your devices.

Most of us has an average of 200 passwords to remember. This is a lot of opportunities to forget which password we used. Chrome Sync makes this easy. Here at FixMeStick, we like that we can sync our passwords from our regular computers to our StartMeSticks with just a few clicks.

I’m not tech savvy, will I be able to use Chrome Sync?

Our team uses Chrome Sync and we love it! We trust it for our friends and family and that’s why we are recommending it to you. Plus it works seamlessly with the StartMeStick.

Click the link here to learn how to turn on Google Sync so that it works on your StartMeStick. It really is just a few clicks to turn it on then you’re good to go. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to chat with us on our website, www.FixMeStick.com.

You keep mentioning the StartMeStick, what is it?

The StartMeStick is a fast, private, and secure operating system on a stick. It allows you to keep your computer, save money, and reduce waste. Simply plug it in and breathe new life into your old computers!

Everything you do online you can do with the StartMeStick, e.g. social networks, search, email, video, music, games, business apps, Zoom, etc. And the best part – the StartMeStick is designed to never slow down, break down, or become infected. So it can be used by anybody to win against frustrating computer issues.

Learn more about the StartMeStick here.

Have a question? Leave it in the comments below!

14 comments

  1. Jeff Nolan -

    I have a new HP laptop. Windows 10 Pro, lots of memory,etc.
    I ran my fix me stick fir the first time about a month ago and it would not proceed to run until I hardwired it directly to my router/modem.
    I do not need to do this with my old laptop running windows 7 Pro.

    Thanks

  2. Rita -

    I’ve had a start me stick for over 1 years now and have repeatedly tried to use it on my window 10 Hewlett Packard all in one Desktop computer to no avail. Even watched videos how. I keep getting static horizontal lines across the screen ! Pls Help !

  3. David Halfkenny -

    If I used Start me Stick. Will it access all the information I presently have on my computer. eg: My present documents, favorite sites, e mails.

    or

    Do I have to setup everything new on my computer.

  4. Charles Yanney -

    I personally don’t like Google, Replaced Google search with Duck duck go that doesn’t track your every move. I use Firefox Browser (Don’t like the New Chrome) and they do the same as Chrome sync. Thanks for keeping me updated.
    Charlie~

  5. Steven Mason -

    Will StartMeStick work with future Microsoft Updates & Upgrades Like Windows12? Does it work with WindowsXP!? Many of my games are still
    played on a machine that’s NOT connected to the internet. If StartMeStick is
    designed to be infection free, why would I need to protect my new or old PC with passwords?

  6. Jonathan -

    Hi Steven,
    Good questions! The StartMeStick is compatible with Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (essentially any system dating back to 2001).
    While the StartMeStick is designed to be infection free, it still means that your other devices may be vulnerable to threats while you’re not actively using the StartMeStick. To ensure maximum security, we recommend using the StartMeStick whenever you need to go online!

    Let us know if there’s anything else we can help with!

  7. Joyce -

    My current FMS was just updated and was advertised as having a lifetime use. Will this keep me clean just as the SMS?

  8. Jonathan -

    Hi Jeff,
    In some cases, the FixMeStick’s network adapters are not compatible with certain laptops’ wifi adapters. While you should be able to successfully connect on other computers or through the use of an ethernet cable, if the network adapters are not compatible you won’t be able to connect to wifi.

    However, we are in the process of releasing a FixMeStick update to resolve this issue.

    Let us know if you have any questions!

  9. Jonathan -

    Hi David,our

    The StartMeStick will operate like a new operating system on your computer. Unfortunately this does mean your current computer settings won’t be readily be available when the StartMeStick is launched.

    You can still access your files through the “Files” app on the StartMeStick, and we also suggest using Google Sync to ensure that all your previous browser settings are synced up as well.

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to message us at support@fixmestick.com

  10. Jonathan -

    Hi Joyce,

    The FixMeStick and StartMeStick have separate functions. The StartMeStick is a plug-in operating system that revitalizes computers that may no longer be fully functional. The FixMeStick removes viruses from your normal operating system.

    If you’d like to clean your computer from any malware, the FixMeStick will be your best option. However if you’d prefer having a more secure operating system that you can use for your online activities, the StartMeStick will provide you with that!

    You can learn more about the StartMeStick by checking out our FAQ article below:

    https://www.fixmestick.com/startmestick-faq/

    Please let me know if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to help!

  11. Jonathan -

    Hi Anne,

    Thanks for reaching out us!

    Currently we’re offering the StartMeStick at these prices:

    $14.99 for the 30 day trial
    $79.99 for the 1 year subscription
    $99.99 for the 2 year subscription

    Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with!

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