Most people have a habit of using their own name or a family member’s name as their passwords simply because it’s easier to remember. But that also makes you more susceptible to getting hacked by people who know you.
Ruby Gonzalez, head of communications at password generator NordVPN, says, “While choosing your own, your girlfriend’s, or daughter’s name as a password might seem a good idea as you’ll never forget it, it’s also a great way to make a hacker’s job easier. As it’s a very obvious choice, the victim’s or their relative’s name will be one of the first options hackers will try.”
She adds, “People also shouldn’t use any other obvious choices, such as their address, favorite band, sports team, pet’s name, the word “password,” and any alternations of it.”
In fact, some names are more popularly used as passwords, simply because they are more common. NordVPN recently released the list of top female names most commonly used in passwords and reported that it coincides with the list of top female names in the US.
“If you find your password among the most popular ones, you should change it immediately. It’s always a good idea to use a password generator to create a truly strong password and make sure it has not been breached before,” says Ruby Gonzalez, head of communications at NordVPN.
Here’s the list of the most common female names used in passwords, and the number of times they were used.