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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords 117

An anonymous reader writes Consumers are inadvertently leaving back doors open to attackers as they share login details and sign up for automatic log on to mobile apps and services, according to new research by Intercede. While 52% of respondents stated that security was a top priority when choosing a mobile device, 51% are putting their personal data at risk by sharing usernames and passwords with friends, family and colleagues. The research revealed that consumers are not only sharing passwords but also potentially putting their personal and sensitive information at risk by leaving themselves logged in to applications on their mobile devices, with over half of those using social media applications and email admitting that they leave themselves logged in on their mobile device.
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

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  • by mccalli ( 323026 ) on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @10:59AM (#47712363) Homepage
    Specifically, with my wife. If I'm ever in the proverbial hit-by-a-bus scenario, there are accounts she will definitely need to know and access.

    Whilst technically correct that this increases risk of the password being revealed, it is an absolute necessary of an overall risk reduction strategy for online accounts (cancelling bills etc.).

  • NEWS FLASH!!! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jddeluxe ( 965655 ) on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @11:16AM (#47712483)
    51% of people on the internet are stupid, details at 11....
  • by tverbeek ( 457094 ) on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @11:19AM (#47712501) Homepage

    Of course I leave the apps on my phone "logged in"; that's how they're supposed to work. Obviously this only makes sense if there's a password to access my phone (or on my account if the device supports them), but if not, it's the lack of password on my phone that marks me as a security-oblivious idiot, not the fact that I'm using the apps as they were designed to work.

  • Not Insecure (Score:5, Insightful)

    by pavon ( 30274 ) on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @11:19AM (#47712509)

    The purpose of security is to prevent unauthorized people from accessing the account. There are tons of accounts that are legitimately shared, and there is nothing wrong with sharing passwords in those situations, if the account doesn't have any technical mechanism to allow for multiple users/profiles on a single account. For example bank accounts, utilities, Netflix, Hulu, wireless router administration, all have been shared accounts with my wife (some have since added profiles, but not all).

    Furthermore, even with accounts that we keep separate, like email, there are useful reasons to share the password, like when my wife is away from internet at work and wants me to print a boarding pass that was emailed to her. Sure I could snoop through her email, but I don't just like I could snoop through her purse or journal, but I don't.

  • and... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @11:30AM (#47712589)

    and 49% of people lie about sharing their passwords

  • Re:NEWS FLASH!!! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @11:37AM (#47712627)

    Or... and this may sound zany but hear me out. Maybe 51% of people did a risk/benefit analysis and decided that giving someone there password was actually beneficial for them.

  • by bigmike_f ( 546576 ) <bigmike.f@gmail. c o m> on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @12:13PM (#47712883) Homepage Journal
    Sometimes sharing the passwords of those less technically savvy with those with better skills is necessary and would skew these numbers. Knowing Grandpa's gmail password has helped a lot.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @12:25PM (#47712961)

    No, the "thief" will just remove your SIM card and put it into their phone before calling all sorts of nefarious 1-900 numbers or otherwise charge money onto your phone-place. The GP assertion is correct that "It's too bad that the cell network itself lacks any meaningful security mechanisms."

  • by bws111 ( 1216812 ) on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @01:51PM (#47713789)

    What an idoitic statement. First, if something has a 50% chance of happening then it is certainly not 'inevitable'. Second, divorce is not a random event, so comparing it to a coin toss is exceedingly stupid. Passwords aside, we already 'share accounts'. We have joint checking and savings accounts, a joint mortgage, joint ownership of the house, joint ownership of a timeshare, file joint tax returns, etc. What is so different about joint online accounts? Nothing.

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