Most popular passwords are 123456 and ILoveYou

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Every year, NordPass makes it a point to release a report on the most popular passwords that are being used in the UK and as usual, it released a report even in this year as well. So, according to its annual ‘Most Common Passwords’ reports online users in United Kingdom are still using words like 123456 and ILoveYou the most, followed by words or phrases such as Guest, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chocolate, Monkey, Football and the names of the celebrities that they most admire.

Concerningly, most of these passwords are easy to guess and can be cracked within a second or even less than it.

Among women, the most commonly used passwords proved to be Charlie, Trigger, sunshine, qwerty and 123456, as these words or phrases were easy to remember and type. And among the men’s folk, people were interested in using the names of their favorite football team or of those celebrities, mostly females.

Security experts are suggesting online users to use a safe and secure password to seal their accounts, as one let-down can cause a huge trouble. As most of them are easy to crack within a second or two.

At the same time, they are advising users to be very careful while choosing a password and are recommending to use a word or phrase that is 12-18 characters long and is tucked with one or two special characters words are hard to crack and may take 2-3 years for the hackers to guess. That too, after using an automated software visible in brute force attacks.

Remember, most of the service providers, like Google and Microsoft, are encouraging users to use a single password to access all of their services. So, under such circumstances, a single break-in could lead to copious amounts of data exposure and can tarnish the image of innocent online users within no time.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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