Question of the Day: Can you name at least 5 of the 10 most common passwords people use?

May 03, 2020
Identity Theft, Question of the Day, Financial Scams



  • What was most surprising to you about the list of the top 10 most common passwords?
  • What are some steps a person can take to make their passwords more secure?
  • Why do you think so many people use these passwords that are easy to hack?
  • Are there any passwords you currently use that you may need to change because they are too simple?

Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use with your students. 

Behind the numbers (CNN):

If "123456" is your password, it may be time for a change. That was the unsurprising conclusion of a survey revealing the internet's most vulnerable passwords, which also warned that codes using names, sports teams and swear words are more popular than you might think. The survey, by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), analyzed passwords belonging to accounts worldwide that had been breached.


This online risk calculator will get your students thinking about how they share information online. 


Cool visualization here with the 500 most frequently created passwords from Information is Beautiful

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.