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The world's most hacked passwords of 2019

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre recently analysed millions of hacked passwords from around the world to create a list of the most commonly hacked passwords.

The top 10 most common passwords were:

1. 123456
2. 123456789
3. qwerty
4. password
5. 111111
6. 12345678
7. abc123
8. 1234567
9. password1
10. 12345

The polling was independently carried out on behalf of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), with the findings to be reasled ahead of the NCSC’s CYBERUK 2019 conference in Glasgow this week to inform government policy and the guidance offered to organisations and the public.

These findings included:

- Only 15% say they know a great deal about how to protect themselves from harmful activity
- The most regular concern is money being stolen – with 42% feeling it likely to happen by 2021
- 89% use the internet to make online purchases – with 39% on a weekly basis
- One in three rely to some extent on friends and family for help on cyber security
- Young people more likely to be privacy conscious and careful of what details they share online
- 61% of internet users check social media daily, but 21% report they never look at social media
- 70% always use PINs and passwords for smart phones and tablets
- Less than half do not always use a strong, separate password for their main email account

5 comments

Yep gotta be careful of passwords that's for sure

Get a password manager like Blur -makes up secure passwords as well as masking emails addresses etc - also credit card numbers hidden.

Not free but worth it.

Free ones just google - free password managers etc

Blur is fm Chrome Store. 

Too many passwords and pin numbers required nowadays. I am always forgetting one and have to do a reset.

Couldn't agree more casey.  And they make it so damn hard to reset too, mustn't use a password you have used before, must be a certain number of letters or numbers with one capital etc. etc. - it's like they're making sure you will forget the new one almost immediately too.  LOL

@Leonie - Some sites like clubs or forums where security isn't really an issue will have the most demanding password requirements, must contain upper and lower case, a number, a symbol (@$%!&) and between 7 and 12 characters or similar - very annoying.

Get 'em tattooed on your arms!

It's the same passwords every year. Some people never learn. 

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