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123456 Is Still The World's Most Popular Password
Here are the top 25 phrases to avoid - come on people, you can do better! (CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 284)
Jan 18, 2017 Science & Technology
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A huge number of firms were hacked over the course of 2016, and millions of passwords were stolen, leaving many people's privacy compromised. However a company called Keeper analysed the stolen passwords after they ended up in public hands. And guess what? Most people still aren't taking seriously the warnings against using common, easy-to-guess passwords.

The list published by Keeper, a password management company from Chicago in the USA, shows that huge numbers of people are using ridiculously simple passwords that don't safeguard their accounts at all. For example nearly one in five people use '123456'.

In fact 123456, 1234567, 12345678, 123456789 and 1234567890 are all to be found in the top seven. On top of that, four of the top ten passwords are six characters or less, making it much easier for cracking software to break in. Incredibly people are still using that old favourite 'password', which comes in at number eight on the list.

Researchers from universities and companies specialising in data protection have all created software algorithms that are able to guess passwords when hackers are able to obtain personal information, such as names and addresses. They have demonstrated their ability to correctly guess passwords over 73% of the time.

So have a look through the top twenty-five passwords listed below, and if you find yours there, change it now. Being hacked is no joke.

THE MOST COMMON PASSWORDS

1. 123456
2. 123456789
3. qwerty
4. 12345678
5. 111111
6. 1234567890
7. 1234567
8. password
9. 123123
10. 987654321
11. qwertyuiop
12. mynoob
13. 123321
14. 666666
15. 18atcskd2w
16. 7777777
17. 1q2w3e4r
18. 654321
19. 555555
20. 3rjs1la7qe
21. google
22. 1q2w3e4r5t
23. 123qwe
24. zxcvbnm
25. 1q2w3

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al-go-ri-thms

processes or rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer


n.算法

cha-rac-ters

letters that make up the words of a language


n.字

chic

elegantly and stylishly fashionable


adj.优美

cre-a-ted

bring into being, make


v.创建

dem-on-strate

proof or evidence


v.示范/演示

fa-vour-ite

most liked


adj.喜爱/宠爱

for-ma-tion

arranged or lined up in a special way


n.队形

guard

one of the positions a player takes in a basketball game


n.后卫/守卫

ma-nage-ment

dealing with and controlling things or people


n.管理

pro-tect

keep safe from harm


v.保护

pro-tec-tion

something that keeps you safe


n.保护

pub-lished

to put out a book for sale


v.发表

re-search

looking for knowledge


v.调研

re-search-er

person who searches for knowledge


n.研究员

ri-dic-u-lous

laughable or silly


adj.荒谬

rough

having an uneven or irregular surface; not smooth or level


adj.粗暴

se-ri-ous

maybe causing great harm


adj.严重

spe-cial

better or greater than usual


adj.特别

sword

a weapon with a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard


n.剑

war-ning

telling of danger or problems


v.警告