Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds


It found that less than half of those addressed utilized a different, hard to-figure secret key for their primary email account.

A new report from the United Kingdom government's National Cyber Security Centre (NSCS) says despite advice from cyber security professionals, millions of people continue to use easily-hackable passwords for their online accounts. More than 23 million of them used "123456" as a password, the report found. "123456789" came in second with 7.7 million accounts, "qwerty" was third with 3.8 million and "password" was fourth with 3.6 million.

But "123456" was the runaway victor, with 23.2 million accounts using the easy-to-crack code.

Ashley and Michael were the most common names used, followed by Daniel, Jessica and Charlie. Individuals who use common names or words for a secret key put themselves in danger of being hacked, said Dr. Ian Levy, specialized chief of NCSC. Simply captioning it "you guys.", the bassist shared a screenshot of CNN's tweet regarding the list.

The NCSC says they hope to reduce the risk of further breaches by building awareness of how attackers use easy-to-guess passwords. But one thing you can definitely do to secure your accounts by following the best practices while choosing your passwords. "blink182" doesn't make the top 10, but it is the most common music-based password, perhaps because of the common requirement to use a code that contains both letters and numbers.

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Now go change your passwords, Blink fans.

The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has revealed that millions of people across the UK are still using easy-to-guess passwords for their online accounts.

Using simple and easily guessed passwords across various accounts is an exploitable gap in the British people's online security habits, a British government study has found.

The survey also revealed that 89% of respondents said they use the internet for online purchases, with 39% of them making them on a weekly basis.

"While in the past, advice was given to focus on shorter passwords with a mix of different character types, most security experts now agree that longer passwords are always better than short ones, regardless of which characters are included", he said.