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12/9/2015
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The Employee Password Habits That Could Hurt Enterprises

While education and efforts around online credentials are improving, password hygiene still has problems
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The Good News
*82% of employees report their company has good or excellent password and authorization measures
*76% are prompted by IT to change passwords on work accounts every one to three months

Image: Adobe Stock

The Good News

*82% of employees report their company has good or excellent password and authorization measures

*76% are prompted by IT to change passwords on work accounts every one to three months

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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/20/2015 | 4:52:52 PM
Recipe for disaster
The password-changing policy is possibly the worst.  It makes no account for employees who actually have strong passwords and also fails to take into account actual risk.  That's how you get simple-to-guess/hack passwords.
Joe Stanganelli
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12/20/2015 | 4:51:34 PM
Re: Nice compliation of bad habits and statistics
Not to mention family members and friends who may become aware of their loved ones' passwords in other ways.

I once went on a date with someone who told me that because of her company's onerous password-changing requirements, she always just did a minor variation of the same (easy-to-guess) word.
Joe Stanganelli
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12/20/2015 | 4:49:50 PM
Re: We're all guilty
This is exactly why many security experts today advise what was once taboo advice -- that people write down their passwords, specifically to allow for greater complexity and entropy.  Better you write down your password and keep it in a secure place (for instance, not on a sticky note on your computer monitor) and it be super hard to remember than have an easy to remember (and easy to guess/hack) password that you don't write down.
RyonKnight
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12/16/2015 | 3:29:56 AM
All on one page please
Article on one page please.  I'd like to read it but I'm not clicking through 10 pages.
BarbaraJohnson
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12/12/2015 | 7:22:21 PM
Nice compliation of bad habits and statistics
I especially like "*54% of employees share login information with family members so they can access their computers, smartphones and tablets" It's a good specific point to add into user awareness material.
Whoopty
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12/10/2015 | 7:34:49 AM
We're all guilty
I bet we're all guilty of something on this list, even those who are pretty good with password security. They're endlessly annoying though. You have to remember them, yet make them complicated and change them regularly. It's such a headache. 

The amount of services we all use now too, there's no way to remember everything. But then do you change your password storage login often? If you forget that, the pain-in-the-neck of having to reset everything is ridiculous.
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