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Millions of people are using easy-to-guess passwords

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2019

Author: Robert Ward

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has confirmed that many people are using simple, easy-to-guess passwords and that these are the accounts that are most likely to be breached.

The NCSC analysed public databases of breached accounts to see which words and phrases were most commonly used. Top of the list was 123456, appearing in more than 23 million passwords. The second-most popular string was 123456789 whilst the rest of the top five included “qwerty”, “password” and 1111111. The most common names to be used were Ashley, followed by Michael, Daniel, Jessica and Charlie, and favoured Premier League football teams included Liverpool and Chelsea.

The NCSC reiterated its advice that we should string three random but memorable words together to form a strong password.

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