The top five hacked passwords and how not to get hacked

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, and Department for Digital, Media and Sport (DCMS) carried out their first UK Cyber Survey – in which the findings were shocking.
Its total proof that we have no idea about cybersecurity and how to protect ourselves online.  You just won’t believe the top five hacked passwords in the last year, it’s truly embarrassing.

It seems that people really do need help with protecting themselves online.

The results are from the top 100k hacked password list and survey taken of 1,350 UK residents aged 16+ was undertaken from 12
November 2018 to 9 January 2019. The data have been weighted to be statistically representative of the UK adult population.

The top five hacked passwords

Wait for it…….

Next used by 7.7m is – 123456789

3.8million people use – qwerty

3.1million people use – 1111111

No one would ever use those, would they?  Did you?

Other most commonly hacked passwords contain names, football teams and other random words or numbers.

  • qwerty
  • password
  • abc123
  • password1
  • 000000
  • iloveyou
  • 1234
  • 7777777
  • fuckyou
  • 112233
  • asdfghjkl
  • 123123123
  • computer
  • princess

These are the craziest passwords you could ever choose. If you have anything like these you should change it now – no not tomorrow, right now.

The NCSC suggest now that you should use a password with 3 memorable words and it wouldn’t hurt to put some numbers and other characters in there too.

The top five hacked passwords and how not to get hacked

Change passwords often

Considering how many platforms get hacked and all of the data breaches that we have these days, it’s also advisable to change your passwords often.  AND never use the same password twice.

Thanks to the NCSC and Troy Hunt – they have made available the top 100,000 passwords from Troys Have I been Pwned Password list  

You can check if your password is on here, but I think you now get the gist.

Are people protecting themselves from getting hacked or scammed?  

Only 15% of people said they knew how to protect themselves online.
Around half of the people researched said that they were confused about how to be secure online. 
Less than half do not always use a strong, separate password for their main email account.

So we have some work to do here to help people be safe online.

Here are a few bits of advice that you might need to be aware of when online.


1 – Avoid ratting – A rat is a remote access trojan, that can be used to obtain private information or spy on you.

a) Download updates when prompted these often include security fixes.

b) Take care what links you click on in emails, never change your password via a link in an email. In other words, make sure you go directly to the site.

c) Cover your webcam when not in use.

d) Only download programs or apps from trusted sources.


2 – Be aware of Smishing – SMS phishing – is when you get a text message from someone you trust but it’s a criminal impersonating them.  In addition, the number can even be the same number.

a) They will usually tell you there is a problem of some kind and they need you to validate your account.

b ) It could be the bank, your service provider, Apple, Google, Paypal, a delivery service delivering a parcel or even the HMRC.

c) Don’t click links in the message unless you are 100% certain – Do not respond – Do check the authenticity of the sender.


3 – Be aware of Webcam Blackmails – This can either be where you are lured into taking off some clothes and it’s recorded, or they pretend they have some content on you that they are going to share with all of your contacts.

a) Do not respond but report them. Therefore if you follow this advice and you keep your cam covered up already, you won’t even be concerned that this could be a scam.

4 – Always use Two-Step Verification when offered

You might also be interested in this post to help understand about Phishing Scams 

Keep an eye out here as we will be giving you some more tips online safety in the future. Or search my blogs for keys words like hacked, scams online safety you will find lots of information to help.