New study reveals more information about how seriously people take password security

August 28, 2012

Despite high profile instances of cybercrime becoming increasingly frequent, a recent survey has offered evidence that most people still do not understand the importance of strong online security.

Last week (August 23), Janrain and Harris Interactive officially revealed the results of their 2012 Online Registration and Password study into the way people are selecting and maintaining their passwords when using the Internet.

According to the survey, 42 per cent of respondents use less than five unique online passwords across all their online accounts while more than a third think that tackling household chores would be a more appealing task than thinking up a new user name or password.

Around three quarters of respondents claimed that they regularly try to create the strongest possible password, suggesting that around 25 per cent of people are still not fully committing to online security.

Furthermore, Janrain vice president of marketing Bill Piwonka believes that this number might be even higher.

wrote Mr Piwonka in a blog post.

Either way, the news should be of concern to businesses as poor password selection amongst employees could reveal a weak link in vulnerability management protocols.

If your staff are not fully utilising correct security measures and selecting passwords that are easy to crack, it could potentially allow cybercriminals access to confidential email or databases and increase the risk of information theft.

A red cell ethical hacking assessment can be a good way to identify any potential backdoor entry points such as this, and can offer you a complete evaluation into the necessary changes that need to be made to online security protocols in order to prevent a legitimate incident occurring in the future.

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