ESET has released the results of an interesting study on password handling. The report details the costs, challenges and current user behavior.
The figures show that 16% of respondents never change their passwords, 46% change them once per year, 31% once every six months, and only 8% modify them at least once a month.
39% of the subjects claimed to be using a unique and random password that’s probably hard to guess. Others use the names of the pets, the name of a location, or the name of a sports team.
Interestingly, 29% of users still use the pen and paper method to store their passwords. 41% memorize them, 9% keep them in a file on the computer, and 4% store them in emails.
Apparently, when it comes to using complex passwords that combine letters, numbers and symbols, married people, those with a high income, and individuals aged over 55 top the chart.
At the other end of the pole we have singles, students and individuals aged between 18 and 34.