Why it matters: Do you, like many people, reuse passwords on multiple sites and services? Needless to say, such a procedure is not a good idea. This is a great way to fall victim to hackers. But a new survey shows that 70 percent of adults still use the same password for more than one thing.
In a survey of 1,041 US residents aged 18 or older, PCMag found that 25% of them sometimes admit to using the same password. A similar number (24%) said they do it most of the time, while 21% admitted they always do.
As readers of this site know that reusing passwords is something hackers love, especially since many websites and services use email addresses as usernames if this information is logged. If the system appears to have a mass data leak, one can simply test it in several places to see if they are lucky. Apparently 167 million LinkedIn accounts launched for sale on the Dark Web in 2016 enabled high profile accounts like Mark Zuckerberg and Katy Perry to be hacked, prompting Microsoft to ban dumb passwords.
The survey also asks how people save passwords. The most common way is to preserve it. This is obviously very safe, but you risk forgetting about it completely. Surprisingly, the second most popular method, preferred by 36% of people, is to actually write it - not very securely - and 24% said they write it on a phone or other electronic device, which is still dangerous.
Recommended 33% of respondents prefer to use a password manager. Password managers, as we have seen in the past, are not infallible, but they are certainly the most secure option. They also generate very strong passwords and are easy to change, which is a good thing because more than a quarter of people say they never change passwords.
Microsoft recently launched a long-running campaign for people to remove passwords in favor of more secure alternatives. Announced that users can now remove the password from their Microsoft account using one of several other methods, including Windows Hello, the Microsoft Authenticator mobile app, Security Key, email or phone verification code. Submitted, log in.
Check all survey results at PCMag.
Most people still use passwords on multiple sites