Poor password management increases the vulnerability of users to hacking, according to the latest study from Keeper Security, a provider of zero-knowledge security and encryption software.
Keeper Security assessed the password habits of over 8,000 individuals and found that 3 in 4 (75%) people globally don’t adhere to widely accepted password best practices, with a majority (64%) either using weak passwords or repeating variations of passwords to protect their online accounts.
“In order to analyze people’s personal cybersecurity hygiene, we asked which animal they would identify with in regard to their cybersecurity behaviors,” said Darren Guccione, co-founder and CEO of Keeper Security. “With over 1 in 4 people describing themselves either as an ostrich burying their head in the sand, careless as a bull in a china shop, or a possum paralyzed with fear, the industry clearly still has much work to do to get more people comfortable with cybersecurity and better protected as a result.”
The overwhelming task of improving cybersecurity affects more than a third of people. The report noted that emotion might be playing a role in putting digital users at greater risk of being hacked.
Citing a report by Verizon, Keeper Security noted that “up to 80% of successful data breaches are the result of compromised login credentials.”
“Password management does not need to be complex, overwhelming, or difficult to understand even with a large number of digital accounts to secure,” said Craig Lurey, co-founder and CTO of Keeper Security.
He noted that a password manager can also be paired with dark web monitoring so users can stay abreast of all account information and take action immediately if credentials are compromised.”
The Keeper Security report also saw that 30% of people still use simple passwords to protect their digital accounts, while 34% admit to repeating variations of the same password.
Alarmingly, 39% of respondents are clueless about whether they’ve been breached and 32% do not know whether their passwords are available on the dark web.