Studies Show Most Users Still Ignoring Basic Security Practices

Studies Show Most Users Still Ignoring Basic Security Practices

Despite the increased national attention cybersecurity has been getting in the news, studies and articles continue to show that the vast majority of users are ignoring basic steps recommended to protect digital security.

A recent article in The Independent reports that less than 10% of GMail users have turned on two-factor authentication, despite the fact that Symantec suggests 80% of breaches could be prevented by using it. Similarly, in 2016, a Dropbox representative reported to KrebsOnSecurity that less than 1% of Dropbox users take advantage of 2FA.

A recent Pew survey¬†also revealed that only 12% of Americans are using a password manager, even though the security community continues to relentlessly praise them and push their use. The survey also reported that 49% of respondents wanted to watch the world burn and continue to “Write them down on a piece of paper”.

And the passwords they are writing down aren’t likely so good in the first place: although the order has shuffled, the 25 most common passwords of 2017 have changed little from those of 2016 and are all terrible. The top 5 include 123456, Password, 12345678, qwerty and 12345.