People are hapless with their passwords

8 December 2014

password Over 40% of the UK reckon their passwords will never be guessed by a hacker. According to a survey of 1,000 British people, 63% use the same password on a variety of accounts.

The nosin' around was part of research done by Redcentric, who also declared that 21% of the 1,000 questioned would only change their password when they were prompted.

A third of the respondees admitted that their passwords contained their names or birth date. The clots. 17% of the 1,000 also said that they kept password details on their phone or computer.

A Redcentric spokesperson said: “Online security is paramount in this day and age, especially as people are able to carry out more day-to-day tasks online such as shopping, banking and running businesses.

“There are obvious concerns when people are using the same passwords over different accounts, especially if those accounts hold personal or financial information. We recommend that you change your password every month or so depending on the kind of account it is, rather than just doing it when prompted.”

You could update your password every month, but which conventional normal human actually does?

TOPICS:   Technology


  • loafer1946
    Passwords are a stupid system no-one can remember several different passwords and change them regularly. I bet even those who did the survey are just the same,
  • Alexis
    I have to remember 14 random numbers and a 12 word password to access Natwest's online banking. But HSBC give you a little keypad for which you don't need a card and just your bank pin number (which everyone has in their head). Guess which bank account has my details written down (and can be hacked more easily), and which one doesn't.

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