Prominent password manager leader Keeper Security released a study suggesting the risk that people are putting themselves into because of faulty habits around the use of passwords.
In the study labeled The Keeper Password Management Report: Unifying Perception with Reality, more than 8,000 participants from across Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France were assessed, revealing a startling finding—that 3 in 4 people do not follow the best global standard when it comes to password; 64 percent of whom either does repetitions with slight alterations or use weak passwords when safeguarding their online accounts.
With a third of the overall participants showing signs of distress when faced with the topic of improving their cybersecurity practices, it only shows how a significant number of the persons involved in the study are susceptible to getting hacked.
In a bid to analyze the participants’ perception of themselves concerning “cybersecurity behaviors,” they were asked what kind of animal they identify themselves with—almost half of them responded as being an “ostrich” that buries its head on the sand, a possum that plays dead or is paralyzed with dread, or a reckless bull set in a China shop, per CEO and Co-founder of Keeper Security, Darren Guccione.
Per Data Breach Index Report by Verizon, up to 80 percent of breaches that are deemed successful were often committed from compromised credentials. Ironically, 57 percent in the study claim to have the confidence of a lion or the sight of a hawk when it comes to password supervision. Yet, Verizon’s report suggests that 40 percent had no inkling whether their passwords had gotten illicit access.
Meanwhile, 7 percent believe that password managers make for the best method for attaining personal cybersecurity. A belief that the CTO and Co-founder of Keeper Security, Craig Lurey, also agrees with.