Millions of people still use predictable passwords like “123456” and “QWERTY” in sensitive accounts, a study found.
Analysis by the National Center for British Cyber Security (NCSC) has revealed a cyber gap that puts people at risk of being exploited.
According to NCSC, people need to choose three random words but are easy to remember to use as strong passwords. For the first cyber process, NCSC analyzed public databases for corrupted accounts to find out which words, phrases and strings were used by the BBC.
The start of the list is 123456, which occurs in more than 23 million passwords. The second most popular string, 123456789, is not much more difficult to break, while the first five contain “qwerty”, “password” and 1111111.
The most commonly used name in passwords is Ashley, followed by Michael, Daniel, Jessica and Charlie.
When it comes to Premier League football teams who guess passwords, Liverpool are champions and Chelsea are second. Blink-182 led the charts.
People who use familiar words or password names are at risk of being hacked, said Ian Levy, NCSC technical director.
“No one has to take sensitive data with something that is acceptable, such as a first name, a local soccer team or a favorite group,” he said. Source