57 Percent of US Adults Forget a Password Right After Resetting it [infographic]

Do you feel nervous when asked to enter your password while logging in to a website or social media account? Well, it turns out that you aren’t alone! According to a recent OnePoll and LastPass study of over 2,000 US adults, 65% of the respondents said that it is highly critical for them to write down their passwords so they don’t forget them. Around 65% also stated that they panic upon realizing that their device didn’t save the password.

57% of the study participants noted that if they were to lose their phones, they’d be locked out of nearly all of their registered accounts. 64% also claimed that if they can’t remember the password of a site, they refrain from accessing that particular site.

It’s interesting to note that about 63% of the respondents said that they get locked out of 10 online accounts every month. 50% said that they make sure to reset, on average, 5 of their passwords every month with each reset taking 10 minutes of their time. Nearly 6 out of 10 (57%) participants said they forget a new password right after resetting it.

In order to deal with this problem, many respondents said that they prefer using the same password for at least six distinct accounts (either personal or work-related). If not the same, then passwords for different accounts are kept similar enough so they can be guessed easily, as per 68% of the participants.

Moreover, it was found out that it isn’t rare for people to share their passwords with others. This holds true for personal emails, shopping sites, and streaming services’ accounts. 43% even said that they are regular subscribers of up to three streaming networks.

Also, it doesn’t need to be said that countless people have found themselves becoming targets of phishing campaigns. Around 69% said they’d like to receive a notification if someone manages to acquire their password.

One effective way to resolve several password-related issues and concerns is by relying on a password manager such as Keeper, DashLane, LastPass, etc. Such tools not only save your passwords but also offer suggestions to create ultra-strong passwords that could keep you safe from multiple types of hacking attacks. Additionally, these tools notify users if their passcodes are compromised.

Even password managers aren’t completely immune to scam attacks. However, it doesn’t hurt to protect your online accounts with an extra layer of security.

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