A recent Harris Interactive poll revealed that 38% of us would rather clean a toilet than come up with one more user name or password. On the surface, that’s amusing because it identifies the frustration we all feel dealing with multiple user names and passwords. However, peeling away the layers of the “onion” so to speak, reveals the basic reason so many of us are vulnerable to hacking of our computers and Internet website accounts…we hate to adopt good security practices.
The study specifically states: “Some 38% of us think attempting to solve world peace would be a more manageable task than trying to deal with yet another set of login credentials”, according to the recent Harris Interactive poll.
Another 38% agreed with the statement, “I would rather do house chores (e.g., my laundry, the dishes, clean the toilet) than to have to create another new user name or password.”
Some good news from the study is that many of us are following best security practices by using unique passwords for each different application. The study states:
Nearly three in five adults have five or more unique passwords online, while 30% have at least ten and 8% have more than 20. Interestingly, it’s older people who are better at switching things up.
Adults between 18 and 34 years old have an average of 6.7 different passwords, while older age groups average more than eight per person. But the variety can be a bit much, judging by the 37% of respondents who said they have to ask for username or password help for at least one website per month.
It warms my heart to see at least a small modicum of progress in using multiple unique user names and passwords. And a big thumbs-up for the older folks…very cool indeed.
A good technique for remembering unique user names and passwords is to write them down in a notebook and keep it near your computer. Another tip is to come up with a strong password and add a “suffix” for the website or application for which it’s used. For example, your password could end in “Ymail” for your Yahoo email account, or “Fbook” for your Facebook account, and it’s not a good idea to use your main email account as a user name if you’re given the option.
Reference: Mashable.com article
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