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Employees still guilty of reusing passwords at work

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Just a quarter of employees save their passwords, either in a notebook, their smartphone or a password management app (opens in new tab), according to data from KnowBe4.

This means that most people are guilty of using the same password across multiple services, the company claims, making them easy prey for hackers.

All online accounts, especially banking services, require a strong password to protect against brute force attacks. That usually means a combination of letters (both uppercase and lowercase), numbers and symbols.

The complexity of secure passwords means they are difficult to remember, leading many to lean on either one or a handful of passwords for all of their accounts.

Employees working for companies in the banking, consulting and technology sectors are said to be the worst offenders.

To remedy that problem, KnowBe4 offers three points of advice:

  • Create unique, slightly longer passwords. They don’t have to be single words, and could be simple sentences, or a random sequence of digits, letters and special characters
  • Write the password down somewhere
  • Use a password manager

The problem with using a single password across multiple services is simple: if one of the services is breached and the password makes its way onto the black market, all of your accounts could be easily compromised.

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.