Although easy-to-guess passwords are one of the weakest links in the cybersecurity chain, most people still “don’t see the point” in a password manager and are happy to store their data elsewhere, a new OnePulse exclusive report shared with TechRadar Pro, discovered.
Measuring the opinions of 1,000 people about their password practices, the company found that more than a quarter (27%) saw no point in using a password manager. Moreover, another quarter (26%) would prefer to keep their passwords elsewhere, which means that approximately half of the respondents do not use a password manager – at all.
Of those who do, approximately one-fifth (20%) have downloaded a free password manager or one that comes bundled with other commercial software, while the remaining 27% choose to allow their browser to store and manage their passwords.
The free version takes the crown
Of the 1,000 respondents in the survey, half (49%) have less than 100 management passwords, while 14% manage between 100 and 500. A significant proportion (30%) did not want to give specific figures, but 6% said they needed to maintain up to 500.
When it comes to paying for password management software, respondents seem relatively tight. Most (47%) did not want to say how much they spent, but two out of five (39%) decided to choose the free version. Approximately 4% went to those who paid about $ 2, those who paid up to $ 6, and those who paid more than $ 6.
There is a consensus among cybersecurity experts that password managers are one of the main tools for online security, right next to two-factor authentication (2FA) or biometric solutions.
These tools are able to easily generate strong passwords, notify users when it’s time to change them, and store them in a secure environment. Most of them are also cross-platform, allowing users to access from a variety of devices, including computers, mobile phones and tablets.