IT often struggles with getting users to select strong passwords to protect sensitive company data. That’s usually an uphill battle – especially when users aren’t even choosing strong passwords to protect their own information.
That’s how a majority of users treat passwords, according to a recent survey by Consumer Reports.
According to Consumer Reports, a strong password is one that:
- has at least eight characters
- uses upper and lowercase letters, and
- has at least one number or special character.
However, just 25% of the people surveyed use a password like that to protect their most sensitive accounts.
In addition, among the 1,000 adults surveyed:
- 32% use a personal reference in their passwords
- 29% keep passwords written down and carry them around or store them near their computer, and
- 20% use the same password for more than five accounts.