Tech experts have issued a warning to people who may use 'Liverpool' in their online passwords.
CyberNews.com's investigations team analysed 15 billion passwords and were able to spot the way many people create passwords - by using their favourite sports teams, cities, food, most common names, curse words and more.
The data came after a Dutch researcher was able to hack into US President Donald Trump's Twitter account in October - but this was no shock in the cybersecurity community.
Victor Gevers, the Dutch cybersecurity researcher, along with two others were first able to guess Trump’s password in 2016. At that time, the password was “yourefired,” and this year it was “maga2020!” – simple phrases easily related to Trump’s personality.
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With this development, the CyberNews.com investigation team was interested in what kind of patterns everyday people were using in creating their own passwords.
They collected data from publicly leaked data breaches, including the Breach Compilation, Collection 1-5, and other accounts. The data was anonymized and passwords were detached so they could look at that data in isolation.
In total, 15,212,645,925 passwords were analysed, of which 2,217,015,490 were unique. Patterns in how people choose their passwords became apparent - with many choosing their favourite sports teams, cities, food and even curse words.
The top 10 cities most often used by people to create their passwords included Liverpool, which came in at number seven while Abu, presumably from Abu Dhabi, came in first place.
Liverpool also ranked when it came to sport. When looking at the data for sports teams, it demonstrated which the top sports teams around the world are.
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Football clubs came in three times in the top ten, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal taking the fifth, sixth and eighth spots, respectively.
If you're a proud LFC supporter and you've referenced Liverpool in your passwords, it could be relatively easy for your passwords to be guessed, leading to your online accounts becoming compromised.
If you spot that your own personal passwords have similar patterns to the ones analysed, and that these passwords can be considered rather simple, it's recommended you visit CyberNews' Data Leak Checker to see if your email address and other personal data has been exposed in a data breach.
The CyberNews.com Data Leak Checker currently has the largest database of known breached accounts, with more than 15 billion compromised accounts. So, chances are that if your account has been leaked, it’ll probably have a record of it.