Survey Finds Adults Concerned About Online Privacy and Security Engage in 'Risky Behavior'

August 2, 2012 -

According to a new survey commissioned by Dashlane, three in five Internet users feel vulnerable to being hacked, but still engage in "risky behavior" online. The survey also found that 62 percent of online adults reuse the same password for more than one of their online accounts as well.

The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive in June among 2,208 U.S. adults, revealed that the majority of online adults are not comfortable storing personal data online. Around 88 percent said that they are "somewhat concerned" that their personal online data is being used without their knowledge, and 59 percent indicating that they are "extremely concerned" about their personal data.

But despite indicating some or extreme levels of concern for online privacy and security, the survey found that 69 percent use the same passwords for more than one of their online accounts, half of respondents indicated that they do not change their online account passwords regularly, and 64 percent of them store their credit card information and other personal data on some websites for convenience.

It should be noted, for the record, that Dashlane runs a "proprietary technology" security service that allows its users to manage all their personal data using a PC or iOS application. That point aside, the lesson of this survey is that the best way to keep your accounts online - whether they are at Amazon.com or World of Warcraft - is to regularly change them and to avoid using the same passwords at more than one location... Common sense is the best approach, but if you lack it, then maybe a program like Dashlane is your only recourse.

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Re: Survey Finds Adults Concerned About Online Privacy and ...

The survey also found that 62 percent of online adults reuse the same password for more than one of their online accounts as well.

Unless the remaining 38% have only one or no accounts online, this figure strikes me as surprisingly low. I would have pegged it as well in excess of 90% using repeated passwords. It really is one of the biggest security problems for the average user on the internet, and not one that's easily solved. Most people I've talked to about this who are seriously security-conscious take a middle-of-the-road approach, using a simple password for accounts they aren't too worried about (like, say, the account I'm using to post this comment), a somewhat-harder-to-crack password for accounts that contain financial or other sensitive information (such as an account at Amazon), and a few use unique passwords for very sensitive information (my work computer, for instance, is under constant attacks, and was once hit through a shared password from another computer that was cracked, so I now use a unique password for it).

Some people use a program to automatically handle all their passwords, which has the drawback that you can't access any of your accounts from other computers. A final system, which may be the best, is to use a "password system." For instance, use a base password that's hard to crack (contains letters in both cases and numbers, plus symbols if allowed), such as "MyXPa55wordXSyst#m," then pick a couple of digits in it to change based on the site used. In the one I presented, switch the Xs to represent the site the password is for. So, for Game Politics, the password would be: "MyGPa55wordPSyst#m," using "G" and "P" for the site. Of course, don't make the password system so obvious like this, and definitely don't use this particular one. If possible, just randomize the base password and remember it, then insert letters in specific spots for each site.

 
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