Do you think you have an uncrackable password? It may not be as secure as you think.
Common passwords used by many people are easy to guess, making them a liability when it comes to protecting yourself from hackers.
If a hacker guessed your logins, you could lose access to your Facebook and Gmail accounts, or worse…
Cyber Security Company North Pass recently unveiled the 200 most common passwords — and some of them may surprise you.
The list was compiled with the help of independent researchers specializing in cybersecurity incidents.
They evaluated a 4TB database of credentials — enough storage space to store 800,000 songs.
In the NordPass list of the most common passwords, you can break down the results by 50 different countries.
Number one for the UK is “123456”, while number two is – you guessed it – “password”.
Other common testimonials were based on people’s favorite bands or sports teams.
For example, number three in the UK list is “Liverpool” – while “Arsenal” is eighth.
‘Monkey’, ‘chocolate’ and a number of common first names are also on the UK list of most popular passwords.
Using a shared password exposes your online accounts to cybercriminals.
That’s because hackers can easily guess them by using special software that checks thousands of credential combinations per hour.
Once inside your accounts, crooks can access your email, social media and more.
They can also use any information collected to attack you with phishing attacks to get your bank account logins.
Many companies have increased their efforts to encourage users to use stronger passwords.
For example, Apple and Google now automatically suggest strong passwords when an online form asks you to create one.
A good password should be eight or more characters long and should not contain your username, real name, or company name.
It should not contain whole words, be different from passwords used elsewhere, and contain at least one of each of the following elements: uppercase letter, lowercase letter, number and symbol (e.g. % or &).
Any of the passwords in the list below would take cyber crooks less than a few seconds to crack.
Complete list of passwords to avoid
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