Millions of people still use a combination of 123456 as a password
For the use of simple passwords paid even mark Zuckerberg
In today’s digital age, when most consumers are more or less versed in the settings of your computer and smartphone, it can be assumed that the quality of passwords has improved. But a recent study shows the opposite: dangerous and easy to guess passwords are still being used by millions of users around the world.
In the report of the National cybersecurity center in the UK (NCSC) analyzed the passwords that were found in public databases hacked accounts to find the most popular words, phrases and lines. It seems that the worst 2018-2019 password – 123456 – is the most popular, which is found in more than 23 million accounts. The second most popular combination was not much better – 123456789. Also in the top 5 include such unsafe passwords like “qwerty”, “password” and “1111111”.
The most popular passwords in the world
Then it turned out that people tend to use their names as passwords, most popular of which are “Ashley”, followed by “Michael”, “Daniel”, “Jessica” and “Charlie.” And when it comes to the use of names of groups, Blink182 is the most common, followed by 50cent. Superman, meanwhile, is the popular name of a fictional character used as password.
Most users do not even suspect that it is impractical to re-use the same credentials on different web sites. Even mark Zuckerberg was guilty of this practice in the past, when from the neglect of the tacit rules that hackers had stolen account information, Facebook.
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Of course, to remember several passwords is not easy, so the best solution is to use a password Manager like LastPass or Roboform. It is also desirable to enable two-factor authentication wherever possible, but most importantly – do not use very simple passwords – hackers use them primarily for hacking.
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We will remind that earlier there was a scandal with Google, when Yandex has leaked the passwords of millions of users. Experts also found out that someone else’s password from the Apple ID can be purchased for $ 15.
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