Through its first-ever ‘UK cyber survey’, the agency found out that only 15% of respondents said they know a great about how to protect themselves from harmful cyber activity, while less than half said they do not always use a strong, separate password for their main email accounts.
The survey also revealed that 89% of respondents said they use the internet for online purchases, with 39% of them making them on a weekly basis.
One in three people said they rely to some extent on friends and family for help on cyber-security issues, while young people are more likely to be privacy conscious and careful of what information they share online.
‘123456’ was the most used passwords, ahead of ‘123456789’, qwerty, the word ‘password’ and ‘11111111’.
Ashley was the most used name in a password, followed by other popular names like Michael, Daniel, Jessica, and Charlie.
According to the survey, Liverpool was the most common Premier League Football team used in a password, followed by blink 182, a music band, and fictional characters like Superman.
The survey by the NCSC also found out that 61% of internet users monitor social media daily, but 21% report they never look at social media.
The survey also revealed that 70% of internet users always use PINs and passwords for their smartphones and tablets.
NCSC technical director Dr. Ian Levy said: “We understand that cybersecurity can feel daunting to a lot of people, but the National Cyber Security Centre has published lots of easily applicable advice to make you much less vulnerable.
“Password re-use is a major risk that can be avoided – nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band.
“Using hard-to-guess passwords is a strong first step and we recommend combining three random but memorable words. Be creative and use words memorable to you, so people can’t guess your password.”