With cyber-attacks becoming rampant across the globe by day, millions of people have been found to be still using ‘easy-to-guess’ passwords such as 123456 for their online accounts such as Facebook, Online banking, Emails and Twitter.
According to a newly released research by the UK’s National Crime Security Centre (NCSC), more than 30 million victims used 123456789 as their password to protect their sensitive information on various online accounts.
The report found ‘123456’ was the most used, ahead of 123456789 and qwerty, the series of letters which appear in a line on a computer keyboard.
The report, further reveals that hundreds of thousands of people used common names, and their favourite Premier League football teams as their password. ‘Liverpool’ was the most common Premier League Football team used as password.
“We understand that cyber security can feel daunting to a lot of people, but the National Cyber Security Centre has published lots of easily applicable advice to make you much less vulnerable,” Dr Ian Levy, NCSC’s Technical Director says.
He adds: “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.”
Below is a list of ‘easy-to-guess’ passwords that were found to be in use by millions of people across the globe.
The 20 Most Used Passwords
123123 (2.2 m)
Monkey (980, 209)
Top 5 Names
Top 5 Football Clubs
Top 5 Musicians
Top 5 Fictional Characters