Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'Liverpool' one of the most popular passwords guessed by hackers

'Liverpool' one of the most popular passwords guessed by hackers

Easily guessed passwords being used across multiple accounts have been highlighted as a major gap in the online security practices of Internet users. His assertion was echoed by Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre in an interview February 20.

It isn't hard for hackers to get their hands on all of your personal details. Hell, even if it's just passive-aggressively sharing this article on Facebook and being like "wow, who'd use Liverpool as their password?" when you reckon your uncle Jimbo would probably do exactly that.

"Password managers, whether an app, built into your browser or your device, can help with the burden of remembering lots of different passwords".

Passwords have become one of the most important aspects of human life.

As per a website, wearesocial, there are about 4.4 billion internet users and about 3.5 billion social media users with about 3.3 billion people using social media on mobile devices.

The National Cyber Security (NCSC) has published its "UK cyber survey" and has revealed the most hackable passwords that people are still using today. By analyzing the data thus obtained, the NCSC deduced the words, numbers, and phrases that people used the most.

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It comes as a no brainer that "123456" is the world's most hacked password and 23.2 million people are still using it.

The survey also revealed that 70% of internet users always use PINs and passwords for their smartphones and tablets. A further 7.7 million were stung using 123456789 and 3.1 million with 1111111. Superman, meanwhile, is the most popular fictional character name used as a password.

Only 15% say they know a great deal about how to protect themselves online, which relates to current protective behaviours. If you spot any of your own passwords on that list, it's imperative that you change it - whatever account (s) it's supposed to be protecting are sitting ducks. "Nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band".

"We typically haven't done a very good job of that either as individuals or as the organizations asking us to register with them", he said. Similarly, 'qwerty' and 'password' still appears on the list.

Passwords are literally the keys to unlock our crucial information, and setting up easy passwords is a clear sign of either naivety or plain ignorance.

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