The Courier-Mail

Users left vulnerable


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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