January 13, 2022
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Here are the Most Hacked Passwords, according to the UK Government

The most hacked passwords are easy for anyone to guess but people still use these, time and again, according to the UK government…

There’s a reason for 2FA or two-factor authentication. And, for the Google Chrome browser’s strong, random password suggestions.

Turns out, the most hacked passwords are among the easiest  to guess. Names, birth dates, celebrities, fictional characters, pet names, and more all make the list.

UK Government Releases Most Hacked Passwords List

Leading the list of the most hacked passwords is the numeric favorite, “123456,” according to the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Center. Right behind it is its nine-digit peer, “123456789.”

Top Five Most Hacked Passwords:

  1. 123456 (23.2 million)
  2. 123456789 (7.7 million)
  3. qwerty (3.8 million)
  4. password (3.6 million)
  5. 111111 (3.1 million)

The NCSC reveals over 30 million victims used those two passwords alone. Dr. Ian Levy, NCSC’s technical director, tells TechCrunch:

“We understand that cyber security can feel daunting to a lot of people, but the NCSC has published lots of easily applicable advice to make you much less vulnerable. Password re-use is a major risk that can be avoided — nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favorite band.”

Weak passwords present a real risk. Compounding the problem is the fact people use them over and over. Plus, given the fact that the majority of IoT or Internet of Things devices also use common weak passwords, spells trouble.

Savannah Marie

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