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Americans don't change their passwords enough: Only 53% changed banking passwords in last year

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Despite all the recent press about cyber security and hacking, Americans still don't change passwords enough, according to the latest research from YouGov Omnibus.  Only half of Americans (53%) have changed their online banking password in the last year.

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A sense of false security may be preventing action.  Although one in five (21%) of Americans have had an online account hacked and half (47%) say they are more worried about security than last year, 49% of Americans say they feel that their own data is secure.

One of the simplest ways to keep from being hacked is to use different passwords for different accounts and to change passwords every few months.  Despite widespread education programs passwords aren't changing:

  • 51% changed personal email account passwords in last 6 months (63% in the last year)
  • 33% changed work email passwords in the last 6 months (38% in the last year)
  • 39% changed social media passwords in last 6 months (49% in the last year)
  • 44% changed online banking passwords in last 6 months (53% in the last year)

Women are slightly more likely to feel that their data is less secure than men and do update their personal account passwords more frequently than men. 

Americans ages 18 - 34 tend to be less concerned than those 35 plus about the prospect of getting hacked.  The 35-54 age group change their passwords most frequently and 55 plus age group changes passwords most infrequently.

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Note on Methodology

Total sample size was 1032 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 8/8/2014 - 8/11/2014.  The survey was carried out online and the figures are representative of all U.S. adults (aged 18+).

About YouGov 

YouGov is an international full-service research and consulting company, which has pioneered the use of technology to collect higher quality, in-depth data for companies, governments, and institutions so that they can better serve the people that sustain them.

Media Contact: Jenny Hall, YouGov, 212 724 3040, [email protected]

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