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While most people would probably say they have good password management, the truth is too many of us do not.
Reusing passwords across multiple accounts, not updating passwords, and using slight variations of a core password are all examples of simple things you’re probably doing that put your passwords — and online information — at risk.
The first step in building better password hygiene is understanding what makes for poor password hygiene.
We’ve compiled recent password statistics that highlight the importance and the dangers of not prioritizing strong passwords.
- Even though 92% of people know that using a variation of the same password is a risk, 65% always or mostly use the same password or a variation. (LastPass)
- 18% of respondents said they had to reset their work passwords an average of five or more times in 2020. (Dashlane)
- 57% of respondents admit to writing down work-related online passwords on sticky notes, with 67% of those admitting to having lost these notes. (Keeper Security)
- 59% of IT security professionals report that their company relies on human memory to manage passwords. (Yubico and Ponemon Institute)
- 44% of employees surveyed said they shared sensitive information and passwords for professional accounts while working remotely. (LastPass)
- 67% of companies have a password policy for employees, but only 34% say they strictly enforce it. (Yubico and Ponemon Institute)
- A 12-character password takes 62 trillion times longer to crack than a six-character password. (Scientific American)
- 83% of survey respondents said they would have no way of knowing if their information was on the dark web. (LastPass)
Now that you understand some of the dangers of weak passwords, our friends at Secureframe have created a visual that breaks down the anatomy of an unhackable password and offers three methods of password management.
By utilizing these tools you can create better password habits and improve the security of your online information.