Online passwords: Millions of people are using 123456


Passwords are your security. Make sure you use them properly. 

Despite repeated warnings from online security experts advising against the use of easy to crack passwords, it seems many people are still using simple passwords instead of creating a more complex password.

A recent study by the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) that looked at public databases of breached accounts confirms that for many people, simple passwords are still a thing, with 23.2 million accounts globally using “123456” — the most common password on the list.

Perhaps not surprisingly, second is “123456789,” while others include “password”, “1111111,” and “qwerty.”

The NCSC collaborated with Australian online security expert Troy Hunt — known for his Have I Been Pwned site — to learn more about the kinds of passwords that some people are using to protect their accounts.

On his site, Hunt offers some advice on how you can better protect yourself online. While not using “123456” as a password would certainly be a good start, Hunt suggests using a password manager app such as 1Password. “Making good password choices is the single biggest control consumers have over their own personal security posture.

He added: “Recognizing the passwords that are most likely to result in a successful account takeover is an important first step in helping people create a more secure online presence.”


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