The computer password was first adopted in 1961, prior to man landing on the moon, before the end of smallpox, and long before the Internet.
The average person spends roughly 11 hours online every day. From banking to chatting with friends, there’s no limit to all of the things we can do online, and we spend a huge amount of time checking our personal details, working and updating our latest statuses to our social networks. However, most of the sites or online resources we use daily—from Facebook to Gmail—are secured using a simple password.
Believe it or not, most people’s passwords aren’t very good, leaving many Web users susceptible to having their information hacked.
According to a new report, nearly 3 out of 4 consumers use duplicate passwords, many of which have not been changed in five years or more. Unsurprisingly, about 40 percent of those surveyed say they had “a security incident” in the past year, meaning they had an account hacked, password stolen, or were given notice that their personal information had been compromised.
The survey was conducted by mobile identity company TeleSign, which polled 2,000 consumers in the U.S. and the U.K. about their cybersecurity practices.