Survey finds the older generation is more secure online

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20th October 2016 15:50 - Information Technology

Survey finds the older generation is more secure online: According to findings of a survey about internet security, those aged over 55 are most likely to use a different password for each online account they sign up for.Survey finds the older generation is more secure online

Of the respondents aged over 55, 35 per cent said that they use separate passwords for every account they own, in comparison with just 19 per cent of those aged between 18 and 24 years old.

The research – which polled 2,000 computer users – also revealed that those over the age of 55 also choose more secure passwords, which are harder to guess. Of this age group, 70 per cent said that they never use their name, their pet’s name or their partner’s name in their passwords. Further to this, just one per cent said that they use “password” as one of their passwords, in comparison with 7 per cent of those aged between 18 and 24.

The older demographic also were found to adopt more conventional methods of remembering passwords, with 37 per cent writing them down, as opposed to just 20 per cent of the younger demographic.

When looking at all the respondents across all age groups, the market research also discovered that approximately 20 per cent of adults never change their passwords and 15 per cent said that they change theirs every two years.  As well as this, 8 per cent of the 2,000 respondents said that they do use their own name as their password, and 14 per cent admitted to using their pet’s name.

Of the participants, 16 per cent admitted to using the same password for every account they sign up for.

A software firm called SplashData has revealed the weakest passwords of 2015, which is based on more than two million leaked passwords. The top five weakest passwords were:

1.   123456

2.   Password

3.   12345678

4.   Qwerty

5.   12345

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