Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds
A new survey by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found that 42% of UK citizens expect that they will lose money as the result of a cyber scam, and a whopping 85% of people do not believe that they have sufficient knowledge to protect themselves against cybercrime.
This lack of confidence certainly seems justified, since many people continue to use passwords that are ridiculously easy to guess, let alone crack. Upon examining data of millions of breached user accounts, the NCSC discovered that the most common password was 123456, which had been used for over 23 million accounts. Other popular passwords that provide virtually no protection were 123456789, qwerty, password and 1111111.