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‘123456’ is still the most hacked password

Here we go again… and no, I am not talking about the Demi Lovato song, I am talking about passwords again.

We’ve discussed the pros and cons of having or not having a password, the dangers of reusing your passwords and I even listed the worst passwords back in 2017! After some years, the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) analysed the 100,000 most commonly recurring breached passwords using data from various sources, and guess what…

Yes, you should know by now, shouldn’t you?

The NCSC discovered that 23.2 million user accounts worldwide were using ‘123456’ as their password, while 7.7 million users were using ‘123456789’, not much better.

In addition to that, the list of most-hacked passwords also includes other simple items like ‘qwerty’. ‘password’, and ‘11111111’; in the top five, a gift for the hackers.

As you can see, even with many security specialists, newsletters, and so on have been banging on about the importance of a safer password, users are still using the simplest and most well known passwords.

The question is, what about you?

Have you been using any of these commonly hacked passwords in your accounts? Are you waiting for a security incident to happen? Don’t wait any more and change them!

If you don’t have any form of multi-factor authentication, your password is the last level of defense for your accounts, being email, banks, and so on… then think again about your passwords and change them!

Be safe out there, until next Malware Monday.


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