DID YOU KNOW : ‘123456’ is still the most commonly used password

Commonly Used Passwords

A ‘PASSWORD‘ is an access code, PIN, alphanumeric phrase or the basic security mechanism that consists of a secret passcode created using alphabetic, numeric, alphanumeric and symbolic characters, or a combination.

The principal significance to use a password is used to restrict access to a system, application or service to only those users who have memorized or stored and/or are authorized to use it. And thus the ‘Code’ or the ‘Word of Identification’ needs to be strong and not guessed easily by anyone.

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Contrary to the above established fact and several warning, millions of people across the globe are still using easy-to-guess passwords – the most common ones being :

‘123456’ and ‘qwerty’

The analysis by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) uncovered the gaps in cyber-knowledge that may leave people in danger of being exploited. The NCSC said suggested:

“People should string three random but memorable words together to use as a strong password”

For its first cyber-survey, the NCSC analysed public databases of breached accounts to see which words, phrases and strings people used, the BBC reported.

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Top of the list was :

  • 123456 (appearing in more than 23 million passwords)
  • 123456789 (was not much harder to crack)
  • qwerty
  • password
  • 1111111

The report also found the most common names to be used in passwords were:

  • Ashley
  • Michael
  • Daniel
  • Jessica
  • Charlie

Liverpool‘ are champions and ‘Chelsea‘ are second when it comes to Premier League football teams in guessable passwords, while ‘Blink-182‘ topped the charts of music acts.

Ian Levy, technical director of the NCSC.

“Nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band.”

Additional repeat offenders include a handful of very obvious words:

  • football
  • admin
  • welcome
  • login
  • abc123
  • dragon
  • passw0rd
  • master

There have been some new passwords on the top 25 list recently including :

  • iloveyou
  • monkey
  • starwars
  • hello
  • freedom
  • whatever
  • princess
  • 1234
  • solo
  • flower
  • sunshine
  • hottie
  • loveme; and others


  1. Many people wrongly assume that adding a zero instead of the letter O will make their passwords more secure
  2. However, hackers know your tricks, and merely tweaking an easily guessable password does not make it secure
  3. Attackers are quick to use common pop culture terms to break into accounts online, in case you thought you were the only Star Wars fan


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