Do you know the top 10 most used Passwords?

Ruben Fields
April 23, 2019

Included in the NSCS report is a data set from Have I Been Pwned, by worldwide web security expert, Troy Hunt, which lists the top 100,000 passwords that have been accessed by third parties in global cyber breaches. Another common error: Using the same password across multiple sites.

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. Well, simple passwords are pretty much easier to remember.

The password list was collated in partnership with the awesome Troy Hunt of Have I Been Pwned, an online resource for people to find out if their details have been included in any of the big data leaks (and if they haven't by now, you're pretty lucky and should probably buy a lottery ticket).

However, in our and NCSC's opinion, these passwords are way too predictable and letting the world know about them is the only way to drive people to change them and choose better passwords for online security.

The password "123456" was the most common, having been breached an impressive 23.2 million times. These two are followed by "qwerty", "password", and "1111111", which are all between 3 and 4 million users.

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If you think it's time for a security upgrade, then read on. As for musicians and bands, "blink182" is the top choice, followed by "50cent", "eminem", "metallica" and "slipknot".

The worrying lapses in online security emerge in a review of the top 100,000 passwords to be unlocked by online fraudsters, carried out by the NCSC - part of the GCHQ intelligence agency.

The study also surveyed 1,350 United Kingdom citizens, and found that only 15 per cent of respondents felt they knew a great deal about protecting themselves from harmful activity online, with 46 per cent of respondents agreeing that information about how to be secure online is 'confusing'.

(Web Desk) - Millions of people are using easy-to-guess passwords on their sensitive accounts; an analysis by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) suggests. If you see a password in the list, we recommend you to change it immediately. First, the important thing is that your Password needs to be strong, and they should also be unique across each of your different accounts.

"We typically haven't done a very good job of that either as individuals or as the organisations asking us to register with them", he said. Be creative and use words memorable to you, so people can't guess your password.

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