With data breaches on the rise, the only thing that can protect your identity from being compromised is a strong password. But if a new report of most-hacked passwords is anything to go by, millions of people still don’t take security
They use the same old passwords that we all, including potential hackers/cybercriminals, can predict.
More than 23 million people use ‘123456’ as password
The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) of the UK analyzed some 100,000 recurring passwords compromised in data breaches.
They accessed breached information with the help of Troy Hunt’s ‘Have I been pwned’ database and found that more than 23 million people had 123456 as the password for their online accounts.
To recall, the same password was revealed as the worst one last year.
Other easy-to-guess passwords
Along with 123456, there were many more unimaginative and easy-to-crack passwords in NCSC’s global list.
For some perspective, nearly 8 million people had 123456789 as their password – the 2nd most breached – while some 3.8 million and 3.6 million had qwerty and password, respectively.
These were followed by 1111111, 12345678, abc123, 1234567, password1, 12345, 1234567890, 123123, 000000, and Iloveyou.
Many even used their favorite football team’s, fictional character’s name
While most breached passwords revolved around predictive numeric patterns, there were also many who used the name of their favorite football team, musician, or fictional character.
According to the report, some 280,000 people had set liverpool as their password, 216,000 had chelsea, and 179,000 had arsenal……..Read More>>