It’s 2019 and over 20 million people still use “123456” as their password

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Given the number of hacks we are seeing these days, you would think that everyone would start securing their accounts with stronger passwords, two-factor authentication and maybe even use physical security keys. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that it seems that people haven’t or don’t want to change.

According to a recent survey conducted by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), it seems that over 20 million people still use “123456” as their password, which in case you didn’t know, is probably one of the worst passwords you could use. That being said, we guess we can’t blame people for turning to something easy to remember. After all, no one likes having to reset their passwords, especially if it is used with accounts that they don’t access too often.

The survey also found that only 15% of those surveyed claimed to know how to protect themselves online, meaning that 85% of those survey doesn’t. Almost half of those surveyed (46%) also claim that information on how to secure their online accounts is “confusing”, which might explain why not many do it.

If you still haven’t secured your online accounts, perhaps you might want to start reading up on how to create a strong password, and also maybe explore the idea of using password managers and enabling the two-factor authentication feature.

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