It’s not very often that football news leaves you shocked and in despair of your fellow fans. But this weekend, the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre has released some pretty terrible statistics about password management in the country. The Centre conducted a survey asking users about their passwords (among other questions about general online security, which you can read about here), and favourite football teams are high on the list of commonly used and, as a result, easily guessable passwords.
Klopp’s team is clearly winning hearts and minds with the way they’ve been playing this season. Unfortunately, Liverpool’s fanbase is a bit too focused on the defense on the pitch and a little less on defense online. Liverpool have topped the list of football-teams-as-passwords with 280,723 uses, per the NCSC’s survey results.
Here are the most popular football teams as passwords:
liverpool (280,723 uses)
chelsea (216,677 uses)
arsenal (179,095 uses)
manutd (59,440 uses)
everton (46,619 uses)
Not really the league we wanted to top, but at least we can sleep well at night knowing City is way, way lower on that list in 11th place.
All kidding aside, using secure passwords to protect your information is important. Check to make sure your passwords don’t appear on this list, try your best not to re-use passwords (a password manager will help you create tough-to-crack and unique passwords for every account you use), and use multi-factor authentication (ideally through an app rather than using your phone or email).
There are other ways to show your devotion to your football club. Don’t do it through your password.