Predictable passwords

Written by:
Lucie Sadler
Date Posted:
7 February 2018

In a recent study by IBM Security, around 4,000 computer users were asked some questions on security and authentication.

Password security has been shoved down our throats for years, so hopefully we’ve all got it by now.

Unsurprisingly, age was a factor when it came to opinions on passwords and security. Maybe the days of teaching older relatives to create a secure password are over? Probably not. Younger users might have become more complacent about security too. 

Nothing new here:

  • Younger participants cared less about traditional password stuff, but were more likely to use biometrics, multifactor auth, and password managers.
  • Older generation spent more care creating alphanumeric passwords, but were less likely to use biometrics etc in the future.
  • When logging into apps most people ranked security as their highest priority (especially for banking apps etc) over convenience.

Maybe the continuous scaremongering about passwords finally got to the younger participants? Leave it to the password manager to create long and obscure passwords. They’re more interested in tech like fingerprint scanning and facial recognition anyway.

Older participants in the study might have learnt a little bit about secure passwords by now, but they’re approaching the new technology with caution. Not surprising.

As ever, these studies pull up the same information that we already knew. Passwords are on the decline, older generations don’t trust new technology and we’re all worried about security. Period.

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