Study: Predictable Passwords Lead to Millions of Hacks
A new survey from the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Center revealed that “123456” was the most common password among Britons whose accounts were hacked last year, followed by “123456789.” Collectively, they were responsible for around 30 million breaches. “Password,” “qwerty” and “111111” rounded out the top five most-hacked, while first names, led by “Ashley,” were also commonly used.
What’s at stake? Many survey respondents didn’t use a complex, unique password for their main email account — which is perhaps why 42 percent said they expect to lose money to online fraud.