One issue is that people are blurring the lines between work and personal passwords with 21% of workers acknowledging they use the same password at work as they use for their personal email; this was the case for 33% of Gen Zers and 26% of millennials, according to the report.
A reason? People find truly unique passwords are a headache to remember, the report said. Management is also guilty of this. Only 38% of those in leadership positions said their work passwords are unique, compared to 70% of non-management employees. And 34% in those management roles admit to having used one of the most common passwords such as:
The lines between home and work are rapidly disappearing thanks to digital transformation, and this is causing people to struggle with keeping their personal and work identities separate, said Bil Harmer, CISO at SecureAuth. “While people may use different usernames for their work and personal accounts, 44% of people have admitted to using their personal passwords at work,” Harmer said.
“For the average person, passwords are difficult to keep straight, so no matter how much security professionals, like myself, warn the public of the new and evolving threat landscape, the harsh reality is people will continue to do what’s easiest for them and their productivity,” he added.
Streaming service accounts have the most shared passwords or login credentials, followed by gaming accounts and mobile phone passwords, according to the report. “The type of account with the least shared credentials/passwords are work email accounts, but even still, 34% have shared their work email password.”