If You Use Any of These Passwords… It’s Time for a Change!

When it comes to your passwords you really have to get creative these days, and that means ditching obvious ones like qwerty and 123456, but also staying away from using Blink182. Yeah, the pop punk band might’ve been you’re favorite in the early 2000s, but the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) analyzed passwords from the accounts that had been breached of people worldwide, and found blink182 was the most commonly used musical artist, while superman was the most commonly used fictional character. Also, don’t use cowboys1 unless you like getting hacked. 

123456 was the runaway winner, with 23.2 million accounts using the easy-to-crack code. 123456789 was used by 7.7 million, while qwerty and password were each used by more than 3 million accounts. “Ashley and “Michael were the most common names used, followed by “Daniel, “Jessica” and “Charlie.

The Dallas Cowboys “cowboys1″ was the most popular NFL team nickname, while “Sunday” was the most used day of the week and August the most common month.

The 10 Most Commonly Used Passwords according to the new study by the National Cyber Security Centre.

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. qwerty
  4. password
  5. 111111
  6. 12345678
  7. abc123
  8. 1234567
  9. password1
  10. 12345