According to Bitwarden's survey results, nearly 100 percent of Americans say they are either very, or somewhat, familiar with the best practices for password security. Thirty-one percent of Americans experienced a data breach in the last 18 months, and more than 80 percent of them log on to websites or apps multiple times a day. So, it's not surprising that 67 percent think it's more important for a password to be secure rather than easy to remember.
However, password best practices are not always followed. Eighty-five percent of Americans and 84 percent of global respondents admitted to reusing passwords across multiple websites. Nearly half of respondents said they rely on memory for password management, and 44 percent of Americans use a password manager.
Some password best practices are catching on with 60 percent of Americans using an average password length of nine to 15 characters and 79 percent using two-factor authentication for work accounts and 77 percent for personal accounts.
However, use of password managers in the workplace has yet to gain traction. Thirty-two percent of U.S. workers are required to use a password manager, and 25 percent of workers globally are required to use one. The majority of respondents across the globe (nearly 70 percent) agree that employers should provide password managers in order to help employees protect their work-related accounts.
Experts agree, noting that password managers are effective, low cost, and in some cases, free. Cyberattacks are on the rise and experts predict they're only going to increase. If organizations want employees to use password best practices, those in the cybersecurity field urge them to provide a password manager and make meaningful changes now before a cyberattack occurs. "55% of people rely on their memory to manage passwords" helpnetsecurity.com (May 02, 2022).
So, the question for our readers is: Are your employees relying on memory for password management?
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Here are some opinions of the McCalmon editorial staff:
Jack McCalmon, Esq.
Using a password manager application is a best practice so long as you remember and protect the password to the password manager. A possible issue for employers is when employees comingle personal credentials with an employer-provided password manager. Cutting off access to the password manager could mean cutting off the employee to their personal credentials.
Leslie Zieren, Esq.
I use a password manager and hope I can at least remember the password to that.
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