Study Finds Many Still Not Protecting Passwords

Study Finds Many Still Not Protecting Passwords

Password Protection Lagging

While it may seem like second nature not to write down passwords in a public place, there are many in the business world who continue not to follow best practice type advice. This, according to a new NordPass report which indicates that 3 in 7 companies continue to keep passwords in unprotected documents – including Plain Text, Word and Excel files.

“Over the past year, we’ve been talking to many different companies to find out how they dealt with passwords before adopting a password manager. The conversations revealed some interesting yet alarming insights,” said Chad Hammond, a security expert, NordPass.

Other troubling insights from the report include a business that used the same password for everything, and another that admitted that prior to adopting a password management solution there were no company rules about password use.

How To Protect Passwords

Small businesses, especially, are vulnerable to password threats. According to NordPass data about 60% of SMBs will go out of business within six months of a cyber attack, and fewer than 60% are currently using a password management solution for their business.

“A password manager is a necessary tool for business security. We see that those companies that do not utilize a password manager usually use highly questionable tools, such as unencrypted documents, which is incredibly dangerous,” said Hammond. “When it comes to passwords, people are fatigued. No one wants to think of a complex, lengthy password, and, even worse, remember it. It’s best to generate passwords using an online or in-app generator.”

More data from the study can be accessed here.



Kristina Knight is a freelance writer with more than 15 years of experience writing on varied topics. Kristina’s focus for the past 10 years has been the small business, online marketing, and banking sectors, however, she keeps things interesting by writing about her experiences as an adoptive mom, parenting, and education issues. Kristina’s work has appeared with, NBC News,, DisasterNewsNetwork, and many more publications.