It’s Hard to Change Bad Habits – The Same is True With Passwords


Over the past few years we’ve seen a constant barrage of breaches at well-known companies like Target, Home Depot and Anthem Health, and the risk of being hacked is now a daily reality for companies and you, the customer. It was with this in mind that we performed a survey of 2,030 U.S. consumers, with help from our friends at Harris Interactive, to gauge how consumers respond to these breaches and how they’re protecting themselves online.

We set out to see what, if anything, Americans were learning from these breaches. Were they changing their online habits in response? Were they taking steps to achieve better personal security in order to protect themselves against the next wave of breaches? Or were they maintaining the status quo?

The results, which are laid out in this easily-digestible infographic, might surprise you. Turns out that 54 percent of consumers agree they need to change their password habits. Our survey shows that the most common way to manage passwords is to memorize them. Yet surprisingly, despite growing concern over companies’ ability to keep digital identities safe, most people don’t change their passwords after a breach.

Check out this infographic to find out more interesting and surprising data points on consumers’ response to data breaches, and some of the reasons people give for not changing their passwords following a breach.

Think it might be time to make some changes with your own personal security? Check out the Top Five Reasons You Need a Password Manager and take the first step toward regaining control.