Common passwords make it easy for hackers to get to your money.

In today’s digital age, passwords have become the first line of defence against cyber-attacks and hackers.

Yet, despite the increasing prevalence of data breaches, many Australians continue to use weak and easy-to-crack passwords when signing up for online banking or other e-commerce services.

A report compiled by cyber security company Nord Security in 2021 highlighted a list of common passwords in Australia. These common passwords are easy to hack and shouldn’t be used!

Top 20 passwords in Australia 2021.

These are the top 20 most common passwords in Australia:

  1. 123456 - < one second to crack - used 308,483 times
  2. password - < one second to crack - used 191,880 times
  3. lizottes - three hours to crack - used 98,220 times
  4. password1 - < one second to crack - used 86,884 times
  5. 123456789 - < one second to crack - used 75,856 times
  6. 12345 - < one second to crack - used 69,344 times
  7. abc123 - < one second to crack - used 68,434 times
  8. qwerty - < one second to crack - used 67,130 times
  9. 12345678 - < one second to crack - used 37,675 times
  10. holden - two minutes to crack - used 30,844 times
  11. charlie - < one second to crack - used 30,527 times
  12. 1234567 - < one second to crack - used 28,059 times
  13. qwerty1 - < one second to crack - used 27,088 times
  14. 111111 - < one second to crack - used 26,481 times
  15. dragon - < one second to crack - used 26,473 times
  16. 1234 - < one second to crack - used 26,145 times
  17. 1234567890 - < one second to crack - used 23,511 times
  18. qwerty123 - < one second to crack - used 23,409 times
  19. australia - six seconds to crack - used 21,666 times
  20. princess - < one second to crack - used 21,660 times

Stronger passwords to beat the hackers.

To produce stronger passwords and ward off the hackers, it is essential to follow specific steps. These steps include:

  1. Use a complex password. A more complex password will contain at least 12 characters and various upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  2. Avoid using easily guessable information. This includes using your name, date of birth, or pet’s name as your password. Instead, use a combination of random words or phrases that are difficult to guess.
  3. Use a unique password for each account you have. By making your passwords long and random, you will help prevent a data breach in one account from compromising all your other accounts.
  4. Change your passwords regularly. This simple step will reduce the risk of your password being compromised over time.
Password strength ratings given by Defence Bank's Online Banking password checker.
When choosing a new Defence Bank Online Banking password, you'll be guided on how strong your chosen password is and its likely resistance against hacking attempts.

Some valuable resources to keep you safe online.

To learn more about protecting you and your money from cybercrime, visit the scams, fraud and security section of Intel - the Defence Bank blog. You’ll find a range of useful articles designed to keep you up to date on the latest scams and what you can do to keep yourself safe.

Other valuable online resources outlining ways to combat scams and additional ways you can take to limit the risk of fraud include:


Important note: This information is of a general nature and is not intended to be relied on by you as advice in any particular matter. You should contact us at Defence Bank to discuss how this information may apply to your circumstances.

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