The most vulnerable passwords to hackers are those inspired by famous artists and bands, such as “Blink182”, “Metallica”, “Slipknot”, “Eminem” and “50cent”, according to a report by the UK National Cyber Security Center.
Risky options include those that contain names and those made up of numbers only, according to Reuters.
Representatives of the institution and Australian cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt have said that weak passwords are those created after fictional characters, such as “superman”, “tiger”, “batman”, and “pokemon” and also those with a first name, such as “ashley”, “michael”, “daniel”, “jessica”, and “charlie”.
The most vulnerable character combinations are also those based on easy access to the keyboard: “123456”, “123456789”, “qwerty” and “1111111”.
“We understand that cybersecurity can be daunting for many people, but the National Cyber Security Center has released a lot of easy-to-apply tips,” said technical director Ian Levy in an official statement.
“Reusing passwords is a major risk that can be avoided. Nobody should protect vulnerable information with something that can be easily guessed, such as first name, favorite lineup and favorite football team,” he said.
The representative recommends using more difficult passwords that combine words at random. Levy recommends that interns use memorable nouns that are not easy to be guessed.
The National Center for Cyber Security is part of the department dedicated to digital, media, culture and sports in the UK government. The representatives of the center want to reduce the number of cybersecurity issues by spreading information on hackers operating methods.