According to a study almost millions of users in the world are using easy-to-remember passwords for sensitive accounts, with “123456” being the one of the most widely used password on on accounts which were hacked.
The study by UnitedKingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) unraveled the amount of small mistakes or negligence in cyber-knowledge that could leave people in in the verge of exploitation.
In its first cyber security-survey, the NCSC studied some public databases of hacked accounts to see the combinatins of words, numbers and alphanumeric phrases which were extensively used by people.
The numbers “123456” topped the list by appearing in more than 23 million passwords. The second-most used numbers were, “123456789”, other popuplar passwords in the top five list included “qwerty”, “password” and “1111111”.
The most commonly appeared names to be used in passwords was dominated by “Ashley”, follwed by “Michael”, “Daniel”, “Jessica” and “Charlie”.
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.
People should never protect sensitive data with something that can be easily guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band.