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As you can see, and probably already know, the most common passwords are all shining examples of things that straight away pop into someone’s mind when a website prompts him or her to create a password.

They are all extremely easy to remember and, by virtue of that fact, child’s play to guess using a dictionary attack.

When Mark Burnett analyzed 3.3 million passwords to determine the most common ones in 2014 (all of which are in his bigger list of 10 million), he found that 0.6 percent were 123456.

And using the top 10 passwords, a hacker could, on average, guess 16 out of 1,000 passwords.

Quickly think of each of those things if you haven’t already, and then combine all three into a single phrase. Passwords are so often easy to guess because many of us think of obvious words and numbers and combine them in simple ways.

no longer active) or passwords that were not used with the associated Gmail addresses.For our academic purposes, however, this didn’t matter.The passwords were still chosen by Gmail account holders, even if they weren’t for their own Gmail accounts and given that 98 percent were no longer in use, we felt we could safely explore them.The other most common choices were 2, 3, 12 (presumably thought of as one-two, rather than 12), 7, and so on.It’s been noted that when you ask a person to think of a number between one and 10, most say seven or three (hence our guesses in the introduction), and people seem to have bias toward thinking of prime numbers.Nevertheless, Word reset 100,000 accounts and said that a further 600,000 were potentially at risk.

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