According to LogMeIn, two-thirds of people either recycle the same password or use variations of the same basic password.
Although more than 90% of those interviewed by the password manager said that they knew it was risky to recycle passwords or slight variations on a topic, 66% of those interviewed admitted that they “always or mainly use the same password or a variant”.
These results come from LogMeIn’s Psychology of Passwords report, released today, which interviewed 3,250 people and found that half of them around the world had not changed their password in the past 12 months. “even after hearing about a news violation”.
Depressingly, that number rose to 58% for Britons in particular who did not change their password after reading a news breach. A whopping 92 percent of Britons re-use passwords despite being aware of the risks.
One possible explanation for this is the age-old problem of forgetting sufficiently complex problems: just under two-thirds of UK residents who responded to the survey cited this as their reason for doing the wrong thing. Of the 3,250 people surveyed, 42% agreed that “having an easy-to-remember password is more important than a very secure password”.
Meanwhile, in America, a third of people admit to having written passwords, while 67% “trust biometrics more than traditional text passwords”.
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Rather sad, LogMeIn commented in a statement: “Will it ultimately be the tipping point that will cause people to care more about their data online?”
Thirty years of (widespread) consumer use of the Internet tends to suggest that the answer will be “no,” but it is the work of the gods to continue to preach the gospel of online security.
The standard password advice, repeated by LogMeIn, is to use a password manager to remember your passwords for you; enable multifactor authentication (MFA), so if someone else gets your password, they can’t easily log in and steal your account – although 20% of survey respondents said they didn’t know not what the MFA was; and stay alert. Although biometric connections (facial recognition or fingerprint recognition) are controversial, they can be a useful and hassle-free way to secure an account where the option exists.
“People seem numbed by the threats of weak passwords and continue to behave in ways that put their information at risk,” complained John Bennett, the big cheese about everything related to identity and access management. at LogMeIn. “Taking a few simple steps to improve password management can improve the security of your online accounts, whether personal or business.”
LogMeIn itself, which provides remote access, collaboration, and is famous for the password manager LastPass (which it bought for $ 110 million in 2015), was sold to a private equity firm for $ 4.3 billion in December of last year. At the time, it raised user concerns about the data it held. The sale was scheduled to close in the middle of this year.
Other password managers include Bitwarden, Dashlane, 1Password and KeePass. ®
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