If you think your password is unhackable, think again.
A recent survey by UK’s National Cyber Security Centre which analysed millions of passwords from around the world ranked the most common passwords that have been hacked.
According to the survey, numbered combinations featured prominently in the top 10, while the common usage of “blink182” is a nostalgic ode to the ’90s popular punk band.
“Superman” was another common password, however, “123456” was the most used with 23.2 million people currently using the combination as their password.
“123456789” was used by 7.7 million, while three million opted for the words “qwerty” and “password”, the survey found.
The survey also found English Premier League teams Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United were high on the list, while American football team the Dallas Cowboys (“cowboys1”) was the most used NFL team.
The top 10 most common passwords are:
The National Cyber Security Centre says it is better to avoid generic words such as “iloveyou”, which just missed the top 10 most common list, and opt for “random but memorable” terms to reduce the risk of being hacked.
“Password re-use is a major risk that can be avoided — nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band,” the centre’s technical director Ian Levy said in a statement.
“Using hard-to-guess passwords is a strong first step and we recommend combining three random but memorable words. Be creative and use words memorable to you, so people can’t guess your password.”