…is not a secure password!
The first UK Cyber Survey has revealed that millions of accounts are using easy to guess passwords according to analysis by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre.
Top of the list was “123456”, discovered in 23.2 million account breaches. First names and football clubs are also frequently used, making them easy guesses for hackers and fraudsters.
Dr Ian Levy, NCSC Technical Director, said:
“We understand that cyber security can feel daunting to a lot of people, but the NCSC has published lots of easily applicable advice to make you much less vulnerable.
“Password re-use is a major risk that can be avoided – nobody should protect sensitive data with somethisng that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band.
“Using hard-to-guess passwords is a strong first step and we recommend combining three random but memorable words. Be creative and use words memorable to you, so people can’t guess your password.”
|Most used in total||Names||Premier League football teams||Musicians||Fictional characters|
|123456 (23.2m)||ashley (432,276)||liverpool (280,723)||blink182 (285,706)||superman (333,139)|
|123456789 (7.7m)||michael (425,291)||chelsea (216,677)||50cent (191,153||naruto (242,749)|
|qwerty (3.8m)||daniel (368,227)||arsenal (179,095)||eminem (167,983||tigger (237,290_|
|password (3.6m)||jessica (324,125)||manutd (59,440)||metallica (140,841)||pokemon (226,947)|
|1111111 (3.1m)||charlie (308,939)||everton (46,619)||slipknot (140,833)||batman (203,116)|
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