WESTERN NEW YORK – Picking a password is your time to be creative, but according to a new survey, millions of people are choosing some easy-to-crack codes.
The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Center analyzed passwords belonging to accounts around the world that had been breached and found that 23 million people used 1-2-3-4-5-6.
Meanwhile, 7.7 million used the longer 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9. Q-w-e-r-t-y and “password” were each used by three million accounts.
Surprisingly the survey found that “monkey” and “dragon” cracked the top 20 most common passwords.
To reduce the risk of a breach, the center recommends three “random but memorable” terms.