Psychology of bad passwords

Despite the technological development, passwords remain the main method of protection online. Bad passwords therefore are the main source of problems. Research conducted by a consulting company EPC Group proved it once again. It showed that only 14% of respondents put themselves to the bother of creating different passwords for different websites. Moreover, 22% of respondents admitted that they always use the same password for all the webpages they visit; 44% do it often. Two thirds of users in total, even though they know how dangerous it is to use the same password (it seems impossible not to know this), continue to adhere to this practice.

The research results might potentially be interesting not only to cybersecurity experts but also to psychologists. For example, it has recorded interesting gender differences in users’ behavior. It turns out that men use the word “password” as their password 2.8 times more often than women. And women are 1.3 times more likely to use their lover’s name as a password than men.


source:  Technical Center of Internet

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