One of the most important element on internet is the use of passwords while creating an account online. When creating an online account, setting a strong password is expected to be the top priority, however the username also plays a major part in securing your internet experience. Moreover, the report lists the top 200 usernames that most people around the world use.
A recent report published by NordPass, a popular password-managing tool, lists the most popular usernames on the internet. The company partnered with the computer security firm, White-Hat Hackers to create the list.
Most Popular Usernames on the Internet
Unsurprisingly,Â most of these names are simply the first names of the usersÂ who created the accounts, except for the one that topped the list.
So, according to this list, the top username that is used byÂ 8,75,562 usersÂ around the world is not a name. It is the wordÂ â€œà¸¢à¸¨à¸à¸£â€, which means â€œtitleâ€ in Thai.
Following the top username, the other top usernames in the list include names likeÂ DavidÂ (used by 4,70,646),Â AlexÂ (used by 4,51,546),Â MariaÂ (used by 4,38,485),Â AnnaÂ (used by 3,87,660), andÂ MarcoÂ (used by 3,52,629).
You can check out the complete list of the â€œtop 200 usernamesâ€ from NordPassâ€™Â official report.
How To Choose a Secure Username?
So, as you can see, most people use their first names as the usernames for their online profiles. However, NordPass says thatÂ it is not a healthy practice to keep your first name as your profile username.
The report states that if you provide your first name along with any personal info as your username for an account,Â â€œyouâ€™re giving half of your credentials awayâ€.
â€œThe worst usernames are those that include personal information. If youâ€™re using personal data to name your account, you may be helping cybercriminals build your profile.â€, reads the report.
So, to avoid being tracked by cybercriminals and to keep your persona private, youÂ need to create an unusual and unique usernameÂ for each of your online accounts. NordPass suggests not toÂ â€œreuse your username on other accountsâ€Â as this makes it easy for hackers to track you online.
Apart from the above consideration, you also need to consider your email address and not choose a username that comes close to it. Also,Â do not provide any personal info like your birth date, the name of your city, or any ID information.
So, do not ignore your usernames as they can give out some really handy information to cybercriminals on the internet. They can then use their skills to find more about your life and then exploit you by using the information.