More dangerous to use weak passwords like '123456' now because hacking speed has improved

The No. 2 password was three characters longer - "123456789" - while No. 3 was "qwerty".
The No. 2 password was three characters longer - "123456789" - while No. 3 was "qwerty".PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - It is 2021 and the No. 1 password used globally is still "123456", one of the most commonly used passwords in the past 10 years. But there are indications that, at least in Singapore, things could be improving.

An analysis of 15.2 billion passwords by cyber-security news site CyberNews from publicly leaked data breaches over many years and updated earlier this month, found that "123456" was the most common password from leaked data.

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