In a recent Refresh Leadership poll, we asked our readers how often they change the passwords on work devices, including computer, mobile phone, apps, etc. And with 49% of the votes, the top response wasn’t all that surprising. Most individuals only change their passwords when they’re told to. The second highest response was “Quarterly” with 24% of the votes, followed by “Monthly” with 12%. The rest of the results are as follows:
- Every six months – 5%
- I never change my work passwords – 4%
- When I’m notified that my account is compromised – 3%
- Yearly – 1%
- Weekly – 1%
Of all those who responded, only one person selected the voting option of changing passwords daily.
With cyber security being such a hot topic, we asked respondents a follow-up questing of whether or not their password-protected accounts had ever been hacked. An overwhelming majority of 76% said no, while 24% admitted to having a past security breach.
According to a recent report, 81% of hacking-related breaches were caused by stolen or weak passwords. Moreover, 70% of employees reuse passwords at work, whereas 59% reuse passwords everywhere putting companies at risk for major data breaches.
From millions of dollars lost to damage in reputation, cyber threats can cause lasting financial and social ramifications for a company, so it’s important to protect yourself from hackers and cyber criminals. And it starts with a strong password protection strategy.
Check out these quick password tips to protect you and your company:
- Create a long and complex password (14 characters or more)
- Include numbers, symbols, and a mix of capital and lowercase letters
- Do not use consecutive or predictable numbers (e.g. 777, 1234)
- Do not use popular phrases or your company name
- Use different passwords for personal and professional accounts
What are some ways you maintain a safe cyber environment for your company? What tips do you use to create ironclad passwords? Let us know in the comments section below!