Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the threats posed by cyber attacks — and are increasingly wary of them. According to the Pew Research Center’s study in Americans and cybersecurity, the majority of Americans have lost faith in the ability of institutions, including social media sites, to protect their personal data; additionally, most Americans expect cyber attacks to be a “fact of life” in the future.
How are these views affecting the precautions we take in our own digital lives? Surprisingly, according to a recent password security study conducted by Varonis, they largely aren’t.
The study, which surveyed 1,000 Americans about their password security habits, found that despite real-life experiences with cyber attacks, the majority of Americans aren’t following cybersecurity best practices when it comes to their own digital lives. For example, the study found that 57 percent of Americans rely on memorization to keep track of their login information, despite the fact that best practices dictate creating complex passwords that vary by site. Additionally, only 7 percent of Americans use password management software, despite it being the most recommended tactic by cybersecurity professionals.
To learn more about Americans and password security, check out the full Varonis infographic below.