Nov 27, 2023

Question of the Day: How many of the top 10 most commonly used passwords can you guess?

You might like a password that's easy to remember. A thief might like it, too, because it's easy to crack.


A list showing the top 10 most commonly used passwords in the U.S.


  • What are some risks associated with using common passwords like the ones shown in this list?
  • What strategies can be used to create a strong password that is also easy to remember?
  • Besides having a strong password, what other security measures can you take to protect your online financial information?

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


Behind the numbers (NordPass):

  • Streaming lovers seem to be strong password haters. Compared to other popular websites, people choose the poorest credentials to secure accounts on this platform category.
  • “123456” proved its value as the world’s worst password. Throughout the lifetime of this study, it was ranked as the most common password 4 out of 5 times. “Password” held this not-so-noble title once.
  • Researchers say that while passwords are getting harder to breach due to rapidly evolving technologies, malware attacks are still seen as a prominent threat for account security.



Creating good passwords is just one example of a consumer skill we need to develop in our students. Your students can develop more skills with NGPF's Consumer Skills unit. 

About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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