Blink-182 Among Most Commonly Hacked Passwords

Brenda Watkins
April 23, 2019

"Password re-use is a major risk that can be avoided - nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band", he said. On the other hand, an easy password can give hackers easy access to your personal data.

Analysis carried out by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found that huge numbers of people are still - despite continued advice - using weak, easy-to-guess passwords to secure their accounts.

Ian Levy, NCSC technical director, said: "We understand that cybersecurity can feel daunting to a lot of people, but the NCSC has published lots of easily applicable advice to make you much less vulnerable".

Cyber chiefs issued a red alert to the nation's web users to upgrade their online security after revealing millions of us use passwords that are as basic as "123456" or "password". But in the category of "bands", the most breached password is the name of the popular '90s pop-punk outfit, Blink-182. Another 3.6m had "password" as their password.

Is one of your passwords one of the most popular in the UK?

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Only 15% said they know a great deal about how to protect themselves from harmful activity online, and 42% said they expect to have money stolen on the internet in the next two years.

The NSCS says if a password you use is on the list, you should change it immediately.

Released over the Easter weekend (April 21, 2019), the report also found that the most-used password from global cyber breaches was "123456", with "ashley" the most-used name as a password. One good option is to make your password three random words strung together, as this can be memorable for you, but hard for someone to guess. Out of football teams, those who used Liverpool were most likely to fall victim to computer crooks.

We typically haven't done a very good job of that either as individuals or as the organisations asking us to register with them. First, the important thing is that your Password needs to be strong, and they should also be unique across each of your different accounts. If you don't want to use that, you can use alpha-numeric passwords. The master password is the only password you need to remember.

Think of a phrase, not a word: The longer a password is, the harder it is to guess.

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