Is your password “Blink-182?” Change it. NOW.

The National Cyber Security Centre in the UK has released a list of some of the most-hacked passwords on the planet. Scrolling through their “global password risk list” (download it here), we learn that the chances of your accounts getting pwned are excellent if you use the following passwords:

  • blink182
  • 50cent
  • metallica
  • slipknot

Don’t use any of these common names

  • ashley
  • michael
  • charlie
  • jessica
  • daniel

Stay away from these fictional names:

  • pokemon
  • superman
  • batman
  • tigger

Then we have the golden oldies of easily-hacked passwords

  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • qwerty
  • 1111111
  • password

You’ve been warned.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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