Multiple internet account users often encounter problems with easily guessed passwords that threaten online security for internet users as such guessed passwords enable hackers to access their accounts without the prior consent of the account owners.
Recently the National Cyber Security Centre of the United Kingdom conducted a survey which revealed that many British internet users were not aware of ways to keep themselves safe from cybercrime.
Of the surveyed people, a paltry 15% expressed knowledge of measures to take so as to curb the problem of cyber-crime whereas less than half the interviewed population stated that they make use of strong, separate passwords to protect their main e-mail accounts.
The survey’s results were released prior to the National Security Centre’s Conference that is dubbed ‘Cyber UK 2019’ which is held in Glasgow city to inform government policy and the guidance that the policy offers to the business world and the general public in the United Kingdom.
From the NCSC’s survey, the most used password was ‘123456’ ahead of ‘123456789’, ‘qwerty’, the word ‘password, and ‘1111111’.
Moreover, lists of the most commonly used passwords globally which highlights the figures of easily guessed logins being widely used were also combined from the NCSC’s survey.
From that list, the most used was ‘123456’ which was followed by ‘123456789’, ‘qwerty’ which all forms a series of consecutive figures on the keyboard of a computer, the word ‘password’ and ‘1111111’.
In addressing the issue of weak passwords, Ian Levy, who is the NCSC’s Director said that NCSC understands that cyber security can feel daunting to a number of people but the National Cyber Security Centre has published lots of easily applicable advice to make people secure from cybercrime.
Levy further stated that the re-use of passwords is a major risk that can be avoided and people should not protect sensitive data with passwords that can be guessed by someone such as their first names, their favorite football teams, favorite band, game or anything that can be easily guessed by people around them.
Levy further implored people to be creative, stating that hard-to-guess passwords were the solution to the problem. He recommended internet users to combine three random but memorable figures when creating passwords.
The survey also discovered that the most commonly used name was “Ashley” followed by “Michael”, “Daniel”, “Jessica” and “Charlie”.
The most commonly used Premier Soccer League team was “Liverpool” whilst the most used music group for passwords was “Blink 182”.
One of the prominent people who helped the NCSC in combining their list, Troy Hunt, who is a security researcher who owns the website ‘Have I Been Pwned’ which allows users to check if their accounts have been compromised in cyber attacks by collecting data from those breaches, said that users should learn to be more creative in their approaches to the establishment of passwords instead of using weak, easily guessed passwords that can be easily compromised.
The problem of cyber crime is a global cause for concern since several individuals and companies often encounter problems when their confidential information is leaked to people who are not supposed to access such information.