The Courier-Mail

Users left vul­ner­a­ble

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LON­DON: Vul­ner­a­ble pass­words played a part in the celebrity nude photo hack and re­search sug­gests many in­ter­net users con­tinue to risk their online safety when it comes to lo­gin de­tails.

A Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment sur­vey in Oc­to­ber last year, as part of the Cy­ber Street­wise cam­paign, found three-quar­ters of Bri­tons used pass­words that were not se­cure.

These in­clude a pet’s name, place of birth or some­thing re­lated to their favourite sports team.

The list of the most com­mon pass­words of 2014 also high­lighted that, based on mil­lions of pieces of stolen data logged over the pre­vi­ous year, the two most com­mon choices among web users were found to be “123456” and “pass­word”.

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