Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

Predictable Passwords Lead to Millions of Hacks

Do You Use'123456 or'Qwerty As Your Passwords? World's Most Hacked Passwords Released Is Yours on the List Most hacked passwords
Emmett Howard | 24 April, 2019, 05:29

Just over half of the people in the survey think a lot about how to avoid getting their money stolen or their privacy compromised.

89% use the internet to make online purchases, with 39% on a weekly basis. A third said they relied on friends and family for advice.

70% always use PINs and passwords for smartphones and tablets. It found that less than half of those addressed utilized a different, hard to-figure secret key for their primary email account.

Check emails, texts or social media messages, including those from known contacts, to see whether they are genuine: 35%. If we can opt for using multi-factor authentication, let's do that.

Report any phishing emails by hitting the "Spam" or "Report phishing" button: 21%. If you don't want to use that, you can use alpha-numeric passwords.

According to the survey, passwords such as "qwerty" and "password" are among the most vulnerable passwords when it comes to online security.

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Young people are more likely to be privacy conscious and careful of what details they share online. Passwords that are easily guessed and used across more than one site are highlighted as a major gap in online security practices of United Kingdom internet users.

Security expert Troy Hunt, who maintains a database of hacked account data, said "Picking a good password was the "single biggest control" people had over their online security". You can download the full file here.

Well, it's not possible to share the complete list of world's most hacked passwords here.

According to a statistical study of passwords that have been publicized in various data breaches, "blink182" is among the most commonly used passwords, and thus most easily guessed by hackers.

And the survey found that "Liverpool" was one of the more popular passwords, with a staggering 280,723 instances of Jurgen Klopp's side being used to prevent unwanted access to personal information.

The top 10 most common passwordsWhat is a safe password? If you're using one of the passwords appearing in this list, change your password immediately. Good on them for practicing good security in their band names and including both numbers and letters, though it would have been better if they'd included a unique character in there. And Digital and Creative Industries Minister Margot James said: "We shouldn't make criminals' lives easy".

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