- Apr 24, 2016
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As more than half (54%) of SMEs in the UK experienced some form of cyber-attack in 2022*, it's more important than ever to minimise potential gaps in your security, especially when choosing account passwords. Cybercrime and smishing attacks are unfortunately becoming more prevalent as more people move online and use cashless payments like our contacless card machine or buy now, pay later schemes.
2023 is the time to improve your password knowledge. We’ve all been taught to use memorable data but many of us use personal data like holidays and pet names as they are easy to remember. However, increased online presence via social media and public profiles has the potential to allow hackers into your life to discover what you might use for your passwords.
So, to help you gain awareness around online password security, we’ve conducted a study revealing the most commonly hacked passwords worldwide.
Last year, we released our most hacked passwords report which we have now updated for 2023 to further investigate the passwords that are most commonly used and the time it takes for them to be hacked.
Analysing aggregated data from Rockyou21, which has compiled passwords from multiple sources and lists over six million breached passwords, we were able to investigate the most commonly used password patterns and the average password length.
The study has sorted the top hacked passwords into 25 categories, from footballers to astrology. By seeing which category had the most breached passwords, we can reveal the password subjects you should avoid as a whole to help stay secure online.
Read the rest here:Key findings
- The most popular password pattern is using all lowercase letters
- Over 1.5 million passwords were eight characters or less
- Terms of endearment are the most common password category
- Over 29% of passwords use 12 characters or less
We analysed over six million passwords to discover the most hacked passwords around the world from favourite football teams to cities.