facepalm: It’s common knowledge that most people still use ridiculously bad passwords, but surely CEOs, high-level executives, and business owners don’t think a code like “123456” will keep their accounts secure? Many of them are doing just that, according to a new report.

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The giant password manager NordPass (Download here) with the help of cybersecurity researchers who have analyzed more than 290 million data breaches worldwide, amounted to list passwords used by business leaders. These include CEOs of companies, senior executives (CTO, CFO, etc.), business owners and management.

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It turns out that these VIPs are not that different from ordinary people: “123456” and “password” were the most popular passwords number one and number two, respectively. This first line was also the most common password. among ordinary users last year it was estimated to have been used over 103 million times.

It also seems that many top managers like to put names in their passwords, the most popular of which are “Tiffany” (100,534), “Charlie” (33,699) and “Michael” (10,647). The February report showed that the names were second most hacked category password.

Executives also like to use animals — real and mythological — in their passwords: “Dragon” was used 11,926 times, and “Monkey” came in second (11,675). Animals were the third most cracked password category.

Corporate date violations happen all the time. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), 80% of these are the result of weak and easily cracked passwords. And hackers penetrating the accounts of high-ranking executives can be a disaster for a company.

Other major causes of data breaches are equally preventable: password reuse and sharing, phishing attacks, and human error. They can also be related to the company’s poor cybersecurity infrastructure. NordPass recommends using a password manager, activating multi-factor authentication, and conducting additional staff training to avoid such incidents.

h/t: IFL Science