FOUR in ten people can expect to lose money to online fraud – because many use the name of their favourite football team as their password.
Cyber crime experts have warned that thousands who shop or bank online have insecure word combinations to log into their accounts.
Four in ten people can expect to lose money to online fraud due to their poor choices of password[/caption]
But many others use the name of a relative, a pop group or a common number combination to protect their computer, a study has shown.
Sloppy security is making too many Brits a soft touch for criminal hackers out to steal their money and harvest their personal details.
Nearly half of adults use the same password for their main email account and other personal sites – astonishing with the combination “123456” the most commonly used.
The exploitable gaps in personal security knowledge is laid bare in the first ever UK Cyber Survey, carried out for the government and the GCHQ spy centre.
Ministers last night urged the public to take steps to stay safe online by picking a password that cannot be guessed easily.
They published a list of the 100,000 most commonly occurring passwords rumbled by crooks in global cyber breaches.
The most popular password is “123456” which was used on 23.2 million accounts worldwide by hackers seeking access to sensitive information. A staggering 3.6 million used “password” as their password.
“Ashley” is the most commonly-used forename and led to 432,276 accounts being hacked last year.
Password re-use is a major risk that can be avoided. Nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed
The top password for football fans was “Liverpool”, which was used to breach the accounts of 280,723, enough to fill Anfield FIVE TIMES over.
National Cyber Security Centre technical director Ian Levy said: “We understand that cyber security can feel daunting to a lot of people but we’ve published lots of easily applicable advice to make you much less vulnerable.
“Password re-use is a major risk that can be avoided. Nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band.
“Using hard-to-guess passwords is a strong first step and we recommend combining three random but memorable words. Be creative and use words memorable to you, so people can’t guess your password.”
‘STRONG FIRST STEP’
The analysis was released ahead of the NCSC’s CyberUK conference in Glasgow this week.
The summit will bring industry, academics and government together to find ways of making Britain the safest place to be online.
The survey also found that only 15 per cent know a great deal about how to protect themselves from harmful activity.
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About nine in ten – 89 per cent – use the internet to make online purchases, with 39 per cent buying on a weekly basis.
One in three rely to some extent on friends and family for help on cyber security.
Experts advised people to use three random words as a password, to keep one step ahead of criminals.
Cyber crime experts are urging people to stay safe online by picking a password that cannot be guessed easily[/caption]
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