According to cybersecurity firm OneLogin's 2020 COVID-19 State of Remote Work Survey Report, 45 percent of American workers have shared their work device passwords with their children or spouse, far more than elsewhere in the world. Thirty-six percent of U.S. respondents said they used a personal laptop or device to access work applications.
In addition, 20 percent have used a public Wi-Fi network for work, and 33 percent have downloaded a personal application on their work device without approval from management or IT. U.S. employees are also more likely than others to use work-issued devices to visit adult entertainment websites—17 percent admitted to doing so.
Only 16 percent of American respondents said that they had never committed any of the above cybersecurity faux pas. By contrast, over half of British, Irish, and German respondents had never used their work device in a high-risk way.
Half of U.S. respondents also visit streaming services on their work device; 62 percent visit YouTube; and 40 percent visit gaming or gambling websites.
Finally, only 33 percent of U.S. respondents said they had never been affected by a breach, by far the lowest percent globally. Even worse, of the 62 percent of respondents who said they experienced a breach, 24 percent had not changed their password.
Among all respondents, 30 percent said hackers have accessed their work device. Only 10 percent changed their password afterwards. In addition, 25 percent have never changed the password to their home Wi-Fi network. However, in this regard Americans fared better—only seven percent had never changed their Wi-Fi password and 40 percent had changed it within the past month.
Another plus: 60 percent of U.S. workers said their organization had implemented multi-factor authentication (MFA), the most of any country surveyed.
OneLogin surveyed 5,000 employees around the world who began working remotely during the pandemic. Jonathan Greig "30% of remote employees admit to having an online account compromised on a work device" techrepublic.com (Jun. 03, 2020).