Most people re-use old passwords (but you don't, right?)

2019-03-01 10:08:01

Tero Vesalainen/Getty By Chris Stokel-Walker We never learn. The largest ever study of password usage shows just how inept most of us are at keeping safe online. Gang Wang and his colleagues at Virginia Tech found that more than half of us reuse or only slightly modify our passwords for different accounts. On shopping sites, more than 85 per cent of people reuse passwords, which if hacked can lay bare credit card information. For email, nearly two-thirds of people reuse passwords,