Recent studies find 44 percent of Americans admit to sharing passwords and mobile devices with their partners. Experts say this is partially the result of having difficulty remembering multiple passwords for many online accounts, which leads to password recycling and sharing.
Nearly 60 percent of Americans admit to recycling a number of different passwords for online accounts or use one password across all accounts. Additionally, 34 percent of respondents said they shared their password to allow another person access to their account.
However, bad online security habits don't just center around passwords. Sixteen percent of Americans reported using someone's photo to access an account that uses facial recognition. All this is surprising considering 92 percent of Americans claim they care about online safety and data protection.
Concerns about online safety differ across generations. Ninety-seven percent of people over 44 are concerned about online safety and data privacy while only 89 percent of people ages 18 to 24 feel the same concern. Half of Americans admit to accessing someone else's account without permission. Only nine percent of those who have done so are younger than 44. Seventy-five percent of people ages 18 to 24 use the passwords of others.
Experts say password sharing becomes a serious problem when people use the same passwords across different accounts. Sharing passwords for streaming services may seem harmless but it can cause serious consequences if that same password is used for work or financial accounts. Password sharing can also get out of hand when people end relationships with friends or significant others and fail to remember what passwords have been shared.
Therefore, experts say biometric logins should be used in place of passwords in order to increase online data safety. This allows workers to use one method to access accounts without needing to remember multiple passwords, lessening the risk of password recycling and sharing. N.F. Mendoza "Even the most tech-savvy Americans have bad online safety habits" techrepublic.com (May 28, 2020).
So, the question for our readers is: Are your employees keeping their passwords confidential?
Please take the poll. Here are some opinions of the McCalmon editorial staff:
Jack McCalmon, Esq.
Because of what we do, password security and network security, for that matter, is always at the top of my mind. One thing that is helpful for protecting ourselves is communicating with each other about suspicious emails and requests online. As for passwords, I think that the longer, the better and that password managers are worth the price…so long as you can remember the password to the password manager.
Leslie Zieren, Esq.
I would be lost without my password manager, which I have used for several years now. I never "save" passwords on website logins, and I never share my passwords.
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