The heads of the global "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing agencies from the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand will join the U.K.at a summit in Glasgow, Scotland, to discuss ways to combat cyber-crime and terrorism, as the host nation mulls a partial or total ban on telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co. over national security concerns.
And Digital and Creative Industries Minister Margot James said: "We shouldn't make criminals' lives easy". If a hacker gets access to your "master" password, it can easily access your accounts on different websites.
While the NCSC suggests that you use 3 random words as a password, most users prefer 123456 (23.2 million), 123456789 (7.7 million), qwerty (3.8 million), password (3.6 million), and 111111 (3.1 million). Another 3.8 million were caught out using "qwerty" - the first six letters on the top left of a standard keyboard.
When it comes to creating a strong password, long, complicated options are not always best, according to the NCSC. "Nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band". They are still using common passwords and underestimating the risk of hacking.
And our tech addiction shows no sign of slowing, with 61 percent of internet users check social media daily, but 21 percent report they never look at social media. Losing money is the biggest concern, with 42% feeling it's likely to happen by 2021. Plenty of users also used passwords as an opportunity to employ a colorful array of swear words.
He will point to research which has found just 15 per cent of people know how to protect themselves online and say GCHQ will "do more to take the burden of cyber security away from the individual". A third said they relied on friends and family for advice. Keeping a simple and easy to guess password for your online accounts is akin to inviting trouble with arms wide open. CNN shared a list of passwords that should be avoided.
123456 is at the top of list, showing up in excess of 23 MN passwords.
Some 432,276 accounts used the name "ashley", while "michael" was used 425,291 times.
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.
Bands were another weak spot.