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Password 123456 on a computer. Since the start of the pandemic, they have been preying on consumers’ heightened anxiety and the increased disruption in everyday life.  (Photo: Shutterstock)

NordPass, a password management company, analyzed a database of around 500 million passwords that were leaked in data breaches during 2019 and compiled a list of the ones most frequently used.

Comparing that list to passwords from the preceding 10 years resulted in a worrisome conclusion: Americans are not taking passwords seriously. Every year, the top 10 or 20 passwords on the list of most commonly used passwords will show the following entries: 12345, test1, qwerty, abc123, password and admin.

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