Passwords are just another part of our daily, online lives that we take for granted – and when I say taken for granted, I mean we really don’t take our personal security seriously.
We require dozens of them to access everything from bank accounts to social media accounts, and yet, we probably only use a handful of variations. Let’s be honest, it’s tough to remember these arbitrary combinations of characters.
Well, a survey by mobile data safety firm Keeper Security shows that most of the world’s 2,3-billion smartphone users have desperately poor password habits. You’re not alone!
The firm says that, among other things, password reuse is frequent, while the average password strength for mobile use is in fact low.
Put into more startling figures, the study shows that between 81 and 87% of users engage in password reuse. That’s risky and irresponsible, and yet it seems to be the norm.
Shockingly, the survey also shows that 29% of smartphone users actually share their passwords with two or more people – that effectively triples any risk.
33% of people remember passwords only after several login attempts, and a whole 60% of survey respondents have reset a password within the last 60 days.
It seems that the mobile world is in desperate need of a security reboot, but with our fingerprints and voices playing an ever-larger role in our mobile lives, that may not be too far away.