According to LogMeIn, two thirds of people process the same password or use variations of the same basic password.
Although more than 90% of biz password managers surveyed said they were aware of the risk of password recycling or simple variations on a particular topic, 66% of respondents said they always or usually use the same password or variation.
The data comes from a LogMeIn report on the psychology of passwords released today, in which 3,250 people were questioned and it was found that half of them worldwide had not changed their passwords in the last 12 months, even after they became aware of the news break.
Unfortunately, this figure has risen to 58% among the British who have not changed their password since they have heard of the breach. 92% of Brits use their passwords again, even though they are aware of the risks.
One possible explanation is the recurring problem of oblivion, which is quite complex: Almost two-thirds of UK residents who responded to the survey cited this as a reason for their bad behaviour. Of the 3,250 respondents, 42% agreed that an easy to remember password is more important than a strong one.
At the same time, a third of Americans admit that they write down their passwords, while 67 percent of people trust biometrics more than traditional text-based passwords.
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Unfortunately LogMeIn has made a comment in a statement : Will this finally be a turning point that encourages people to care more about their data online?
Thirty years of widespread use (abuse) of the Internet by consumers suggest that the answer is no, but it is the work of the gods to continue to preach the gospel of online safety.
The default recommendation for LogMeIn’s repeated passwords is to use a password manager to remember your passwords; enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) so that it’s not easy for others who receive your password to log in and steal your account – even though 20% of respondents say they don’t know what MFA is; and stay alert. Although biometric logins (facial or fingerprint recognition) are contradictory, they can be a useful and practical means to secure an account when such a possibility exists.
It seems that individuals have become insensitive to threats from weak passwords and continue to behave in ways that compromise their information, John Bennett complained, worried about identity and access control in LogMeIn, among other things. A few simple steps to improve password management can make your online accounts more secure, both at home and at work.
LogMeIn itself, which offers remote access, collaboration and the popular LastPass password manager (which bought it for $110 million in 2015), was sold last December to a private equity firm for $4.3 billion. It then expressed users’ concerns about the data they contained. The sale is expected to be completed in the middle of the year.
Other password managers are Bitwarden, Dashlane, 1Password and KeePass. ®
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