When it comes to password security, the government advice is to not share passwords with anyone else in order to minimise the risks. However, according to the data, Brits are divided in following this advice, despite growing concerns due to COVID-19.
Almost half (49%) of respondents admitted to accessing someone else’s online account using their password, whilst 41% share their phone passwords with family members. What’s also concerning is that 17% of Brits have even used a photo or video of someone else in an attempt to access their accounts using facial recognition.
Andrew Bud, CEO at iProov said, “Our research shows that passwords have simply outlived their utility. Enforcing ever more complex passwords tortures people into workarounds. People misuse things that aren’t usable. It’s a gift to hackers and it disrupts commerce. We need to make it easier for people to access services and keep their data secure.
“People are recycling and sharing passwords but this leaves them exposed and vulnerable. The time has come to adopt alternatives. Good biometric authentication combines effortless usability with the security to safeguard society’s most sensitive personal data.”