Cyber Study Reveals 'millions Of Users Have 123456, 1111111, 123456789 Easy-to-guess Passwords Which Lead To Danger Of Being Exploited'. Read Full List Here

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A study by UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) uncovered the gaps in cyber-knowledge that may leave people in danger of being exploited.

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Updated On:

A study by UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) uncovered the gaps in cyber-knowledge that may leave people in danger of being exploited. The anylisis says that millions of people are still using easy-to-guess passwords like “123456” and “qwerty” on sensitive accounts which can be dangerous. 

The NCSC said people should string three random but memorable words together to use as a strong password.

For its first cyber-survey, the NCSC analysed public databases of breached accounts to see which words, phrases and strings people used: 

  • Top of the list was 123456, appearing in more than 23 million passwords
  • The second-most popular string, 123456789, was not much harder to crack
  • Others in the top five included “qwerty”, “password” and 1111111
  • The most common name to be used in passwords was Ashley, followed by Michael, Daniel, Jessica and Charlie, the report found

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When it comes to Premier League football teams in guessable passwords, Liverpool are champions and Chelsea are second. Blink-182 topped the charts of music acts.

People who use well-known words or names for a password put themselves people at risk of being hacked, said Ian Levy, technical director of the NCSC.

“Nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

 

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