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23 Apr, 2019
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have conducted their first UK Cyber Survey and released details of the most commonly used passwords.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have conducted their first UK Cyber Survey and found ‘123456’ was the most commonly used password on breached accounts, being used by over 23 million victims.
Details of the top 100,000 passwords have been released by the NCSC and they are urging users to change their passwords immediately if it is listed within the file. Some of the top passwords include:
|Most used in total||Names||Premier League football teams||Musicians||Fictional characters|
These days we need a password or PIN for everything we touch and as much as we all hate them (and curse them when we input them incorrectly!) deep down, we all know that they are there to protect us and our valuable information.
So, what can you do to help yourself?
Dr Ian Levy, NCSC Technical Director, advises “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.”
“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.”
Some tips for extra protection:
What can you do as a business?
Effective password management is only part of the story. It’s also useful to think about general user education, good physical security (no documents lying around the office), firewalls and being aware of security risks. ISO 27001 can help you with your processes and information security. To find out more, please visit our website or call us on 0330 058 5551.
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