Passwords get recycled at least four times in the US

A new study conducted by Security.org came to a worrying conclusion; it turns out that an average US user has questionable habits when it comes to cybersecurity and passwords in particular. The fact of the matter is that they get recycled at least four times on average in the region specified.

During the survey, 1,012 US users were asked about their cybersecurity habits. 72% of respondents admitted to recycling their passwords, while 18% are open to the idea of sharing their passwords with another person.

Interestingly, an average password is 9 characters long. Yes, this includes numbers and a combination of uppercase and lowercase characters, so that’s good news. A total of 39% of respondents are using complicated passwords while 46% say their passwords are moderately complicated. Unfortunately, 33% rely on using a pet name and an alarming 17% use their age as password.

It’s bad cybersecurity practice to use a combination of personal information and a bunch of numbers, but Americans don’t see much problem with it. There is a difference between generations. The report shows that 76% of millennials recycle their passwords, while the same can be said for only 56% of baby boomers.

The worrying fact is that 63% of respondents reuse the same passwords for entertainment and important sites. 7 out of 10 millennials remember their passwords by heart, while roughly half of baby boomers do the same. Unsurprisingly, not writing your password down, either physically or in an app, is the best way to ensure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.