Exclusive: Many of us use password managers, but we still don’t really trust them
Since most of us collect digital accounts all the time, password managers are a useful tool to help take the hassle out of keeping track of our every login and password.
In an exclusive survey of 1,000 people, Radar Pro Technology It found that three-quarters of users had at least one password manager to store our credentials, yet most users didn’t seem overly confident in their ability to keep these details secure.
A third of those surveyed used a combination of a dedicated manager and one integrated with their browser, while another third used only one of the two. Just over a tenth have used dedicated password managers, and a quarter have never used one.
When asked to score their confidence in the security of password managers, the results were less than impressive. Six out of ten was the most popular outcome, chosen by 144 people, followed closely by five and seven, chosen by 140 and 136 people, respectively.
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Perhaps these average personalities can be explained by recent stories of high-profile password managers being hacked, or perhaps people are concerned about the various privacy issues surrounding corporate giants like Apple and Google, both of which make it hard to resist using their proprietary managers, if you happen to be using them. any of their devices and/or browsers.
The results may also reflect the conflicting attitudes people have towards these companies. On the other hand, people might think that tech giants should keep our passwords safe — aside from having the resources to maintain a strong security posture, it would be a disaster for them to suffer some kind of major breach, given how much they have to lose.
But on the other hand, there is a lot of mistrust about how such companies do business, with the aforementioned privacy issues being a real cause for concern for many.
However, when analyzing the rest of the scores, more people chose a rating between eight and ten than one and three — 284 to 215. Also, 110 gave these facilities a full ten, and 97 gave a one out of ten.
Splitting the results down the middle, just under half (43.6%) of respondents rated the reliability of password managers between one and five, and just over half (54.6%) between six and ten.
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The results also contradict a previous survey we conducted, where most respondents said they don’t use a password manager. Another survey we conducted also found that most people don’t use password generators either — which integrate with almost all password managers, but there are standalone versions as well.
These two facts combined probably explain why so many people form bad password habits. In fact, there have been various reports on the state of passwords globally, and they almost all come to the same conclusion — we need to handle it better.
However, this can be a moot point, since passwordless systems are becoming increasingly important, and are set to be the new technology that secures our digital world. These systems include biometrics — such as facial recognition and fingerprint scanners — passwords and single sign-on (SSO) technologies, which are available in many identity management software.
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