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The password admin has been found to be the top password used by IT administrators.

Security researchers have discovered that IT administrators are using weak passwords to protect access to portals, providing easy access to attackers to enterprise networks. An analysis of over 1.8 million administrator accounts found that over 40,000 were using the password admin. This is the default password for most devices, systems and applications. It is intended only for use only during the initial setup and should be changed once the device is configured. There’s been recent legislation in the UK and California banning the use of default password, so hopefully we will see a decline in its usage.

The other top passwords used by IT administrators are:
1. admin
2. 123456
3. 12345678
4. 1234
5. Password
6. 123
7. 12345
8. Admin123
9. 123456789
10. adminisp

To address this issue, IT administrators should avoid using default passwords and instead create unique, long, strong passwords for each account, especially for accounts that have access to sensitive resources.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast