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BizReport : Internet : March 04, 2015

Report: US, UK users vulnerable because of passwords

US and UK computer users may be some of the most experience in the world, but that experience isn't leading them to be safer online. That is the takeaway from a new survey out from Siber Systems. According to their poll password management is actually putting some US and US users in danger from hackers and the like.

by Kristina Knight

Consumers in the US and UK probably hear about online security on a bi-weekly basis - there are hacks of big companies, new viruses and reminders to update passwords. But it turns out many of us turn a blind eye - or ear - to online safety. According to new data out from Siber Systems about 60% of US consumers have either forgotten a password or have had a password compromised at some point in their online life - and that is for both personal and business. That number is 57% for online consumers in the UK.

Other interesting findings from the report include:

• 37% of poll respondents use both upper and lower case letters in passwords
• 8% use a password management system
• 65% say they use 3+ devices each day
• 73% say they allow their browser windows to save passwords
• 42% write passwords down somewhere

The survey also found that most people (74%) login to at least 6 sites each day; about one-third login to up to 10 sites each day. Of those logging in to multiple sites, about half (54%) report they use 5 or fewer passwords, indicating that they are using the same password on several different sites.

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Tags: internet security, internet trends, online security, Roboform, Siber Systems

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