You’d think that people would have learned by now not to use
obvious passwords. You know, with Google constantly insisting that we use a
“strong” password, containing some hieroglyphs and the hair of a
And yet, here we are.
New research published by the National Cyber Security Centre
(NCSC) on Sunday shows that people are still using some very, very obvious
passwords – including the names of the soccer teams they support.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton are all passwords that have been compromised hundreds of thousands of times, Bloomberg reported.
The five Premier League teams combined accounted for over three-quarters of a million breaches.
But that’s not even the worst. Some people are even using a
sequence of numbers as basic as 123456.
The study revealed that the number series was the most
cracked password, with 23.2 million people worldwide having experienced a
“Using hard-to-guess passwords is a strong first step and we recommend combining three random but memorable words,” said Ian Levy, the centre’s technical director. “Use words memorable to you, so people can’t guess your password.”
The world’s most hacked passwords also include pop stars and
Pokemon and Tigger together accounted for over 500 000 breaches while pop stars’ names such as 50cent or Eminem fell victim 350 000 times.
And there are still people using password as a password. That variation accounted for 3.6 million breaches while the password qwerty was breached 3.8 million times.
That said, a strong password doesn’t always guarantee protection. In the event of a database breach where passwords are leaked en masse, you’ll be in trouble no matter how many dodo hairs you include.