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password protection gslaw ohioMillions of people are use easy-to-guess passwords on their accounts.

The analysis by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found 123456 was the most widely-used password on hacked accounts.

The NCSC said people should string three random but memorable words together to use as a strong password.

For its cyber-survey, the NCSC analyzed public databases of breached accounts to see which words, and strings people used.
  • Top of the list was 123456, appearing in more than 23 million passwords.
  • The second-most popular string, 123456789, was not much harder to crack,
  • while others in the top five included "qwerty", "password" and 1111111.
"Nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favorite band," he said.
Hard to guess

The NCSC study also questioned people about their security fears.
  • 42% expected to lose money to online fraud
  • only 15% said they felt confident that they knew enough to protect themselves online
  • fewer than half of those questioned used a separate, hard-to-guess password for their main email account.
The "single biggest control" people had over their online security.

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