BOSTON, May 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LastPass by LogMeIn, a leader in password management, today released findings of a new global survey, “Psychology of Passwords: Neglect is Helping Hackers Win,” revealing that despite today’s increased threat landscape and heightened global awareness of hacking and data breaches, password behaviors remain largely unchanged. Data from the survey shows that 91 percent of people know that using the same password for multiple accounts is a security risk, yet 59 percent continue to use the same password. As a result, individuals’ behavior in creating, changing and managing passwords in both their professional and personal lives is slow to match the rapid evolution of cybersecurity threats.
The global survey, which polled 2,000 individuals across the United States, Australia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, provides evidence that increased knowledge of security best practices doesn’t necessarily translate into better password management, and highlights regional, generational and personality differences can factor into password security.
Key findings include:
“The cyber threats facing consumers and businesses are becoming more targeted and successful, yet there remains a clear disconnect in users’ password beliefs and their willingness to take action,” said Sandor Palfy, Chief Technology Officer of Identity and Access Management at LogMeIn. “Individuals seem to understand password best practices, but often exhibit password behaviors that can expose their information to threat actors. Taking a few simple steps to improve how you manage passwords can lead to increased safety for online accounts whether personal or professional.”
The Psychology of Passwords survey was commissioned by LastPass and fielded by independent panel research firm Lab42 from February 8-21, 2018. The responses were generated from a survey of 2,000 adults, ages 25 to 60 who have at least one online account. Survey respondents represented the United States, Germany, France, Australia and the United Kingdom. Where possible, results were compared with the 2016 Psychology of Passwords survey commissioned by LastPass.
LastPass is an award-winning password manager helping millions organize and protect their online lives, at home and at work. For businesses of all sizes, LastPass provides secure password storage and centralized admin oversight to reduce the risk of data breaches and remove password obstacles for employees. With customizable policies, secure password sharing, and comprehensive user management, LastPass gives IT the tools to strengthen password hygiene across the organization. For more information, visit https://lastpass.com.
LastPass is a trademark of LogMeIn in the U.S. and other countries.
About LogMeIn, Inc.
LogMeIn, Inc. (Nasdaq:LOGM) simplifies how people connect with each other and the world around them to drive meaningful interactions, deepen relationships, and create better outcomes for individuals and businesses. One of the world’s top 10 public SaaS companies, and a market leader in communication & conferencing, identity & access, and customer engagement & support solutions, LogMeIn has millions of customers spanning virtually every country across the globe. LogMeIn is headquartered in Boston with additional locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Lauren Van Dam