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These 10 Passwords Are a Hacker's Dream

UK cybersecurity group says '123456,' others are easily breached
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2019 6:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – Think you've got a password that no one would ever guess, or simply hoping no one would ever try to capitalize on your password laziness? Based on a new survey out of the UK, you may want to reexamine that assessment. Per CNN Business, the National Cyber Security Centre looked at internet passwords from around the globe that hackers had been able to crack, and it found that certain first names, sports teams, variations of the word "password," swear words, and simple series of numbers were the most commonly breached, with an example of the latter—123456, used by more than 23 million accounts—taking the top spot. Advice from an NCSC spokesman: Combine "three random but memorable words." Check out which other inadvisable passwords made the NCSC's Top 10 list (meaning it's a bad idea to use them):

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  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. password1
  4. 1234567
  5. abc123
  6. 12345678
  7. 111111
  8. password
  9. qwerty
  10. 123456789
Click to see if a password you use made the list.
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