While you should be smart enough to not make your password "123456" or "qwerty" or "password," you should also be advised to not make it "blink182," studies show. As CNN reports, the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) analyzed passwords belonging to accounts worldwide that had been breached, and...
Several combinations of numbers made up the top 10, while "blink182" was the most popular musical artist and "superman" the most common fictional character.
But "123456" was the runaway winner, with 23.2 million accounts using the easy-to-crack code. "123456789" was used by 7.7 million, while "qwerty" and "password" were each used by more than 3 million accounts.
Ashley and Michael were the most common names used, followed by Daniel, Jessica and Charlie.
Liverpool topped the table of Premier League football clubs used as passwords, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United ("manutd") making up the rest of the top four. Manchester City ("mancity"), by contrast, would finish in 11th place in the Premier League password standings.
The Dallas Cowboys ("cowboys1") was the most popular NFL team nickname, while Sunday was the most used day of the week and August the most common month.
So there you have it, blink-182 fans. Hackers are onto you.