Bitwarden, an open-source password management service, has recently announced the results of its World Password Day Global Survey for 2021. The survey shows that although people are relatively familiar with password security practices, many don’t seem to be fully putting their knowledge to use.
The analysis was conducted by an independent market research company, Propeller Insights, and it included more than 1,600 participants from multiple countries around the world. Bitwarden’s goal was to learn about the prevailing password management views and habits among internet users.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have been spending time on the internet than ever before. The increased online traffic has led to a rise in the number of cyber attacks, but despite these troubling circumstances, 85% of the survey respondents said that they use the same password for multiple sites.
What’s more, even though every 10th participant confirmed that they have passwords for 50 or more sites and apps, almost 60% of them chose “My memory” as the answer to the question “How do you manage your passwords?” and only 28% checked the “Password management software” option.
However, some of the results from the report are encouraging. For instance, 69% use two-factor authentication for their work accounts, while 74% have enabled this safety measure on their personal accounts. More than half of the questioned people also don’t share their passwords with their friends and family or their colleagues.
On yet another positive note, the research has shown that there are many workers who would welcome the introduction of a password manager into their workplace.
“It’s encouraging to see so many people reporting familiarity with password management best practices,” said Michael Crandell, the chief executive officer at Bitwarden. “While there are holdouts, it shows we need to do more education on the benefits and ease of use of password managers. We don’t think hackers are going to go away, so we want to provide basic password management, for free, to individuals everywhere.”