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Dutch people save password in email or on paper
Changing passwordsEven though the majority (64%) thinks that they change their passwords regularly, it seems that only half changes their passwords once every 3 months, 19 percent once a year and 9 percent never changes their passwords. Also, 46 percent uses variations of the same password for all online accounts. In addition, more than half of the Dutch people (53%) indicates to use the same password for more than 3 logins. For younger people (ages 18-34), this percentage is even higher at 64%!
Wido Potters, Manager Support & Sales at BIT: “A password policy within an organisation must be workable to prevent people from neglecting the rules. When employees need to change their passwords every month, use at least 25 characters and still be unique, there is a good chance that you will find post-its everywhere. If measures remain manageable, the risk of people using corporate passwords for private accounts (or the other way around) will be significantly smaller. In addition, we cannot stress enough that everyone needs to use password managers and generators. Unique passwords are, understandably, not easy to remember for every login, especially when there are a bunch of conditions attached. In order to increase the safety in the workplace, it is advisable to inform employees in a proactive manner and advise them on the available password tools.”
Want to know more on the research results? Download the report ‘Internet Eigenwijs 2017’ here: https://www.bit.nl/bit-onderzoeksrapport-2017