The average American thinks they can hack their significant other’s devices in just five attempts – according to new research.
A new study asked 2,000 Americans about their password habits and found respondents think they could guess their significant other’s password after five attempts.
Respondents shared they have four “go-to” passwords themselves – with 31% saying these passwords are just different variations of the same password, with these respondents just adding on additional punctuation or numbers.
Even so, 79% have six or fewer go-to passwords.
Although respondents think they could guess their significant other’s password in five attempts – they don’t have as much patience for their own. It only takes three failed password attempts before respondents abandon trying to log in to an account at all.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Prove, the survey found this password abandonment might be due to sheer frustration that comes along with signing up to use a service – as 18% of respondents said they “always” get frustrated when they have to create a new account (for retail, banking and healthcare among others).
On top of that, another 65% either “often” or “sometimes” feel frustrated by the process.
On average, respondents believe it should take about 33 seconds to create a new account online, but almost half (45%) will cap it at 30 seconds or less.
A further 76% said they’ll only make an account if it’s something they’re going to use more than once.
The average respondent has six online accounts they’ve never even used because they didn’t need to use it again (46%), they lost interest in the service (43%) or they forgot their password (39%).
“The internet wasn't built with security in mind and so as consumers, we all experience how tedious passwords and two-factor security can be. Screw up your password entry a few times, and now you are locked out and spending 20 minutes with a call center agent to fix things. It's just a broken model held together with duct tape,” said Rodger Desai, CEO & Founder of Prove. “Businesses that modernize their digital channels by removing the friction caused by antiquated security, will take all the market share. Consumers flock to businesses that respect their time and keep them secure without hassle. In our view, the winners in the digital economy will be those that kill the password.”
More than one in five (22%) have been the victim of identity fraud and another 36% know someone who has.
Respondents identified the top security red flags that come to mind when they’re making a new account online – with asking too many personal questions topping the list (48%).
Three-quarters of respondents avoid saving their banking or credit card information on online accounts and profiles.
Just over seven in 10 respondents (72%) agreed that having a simpler sign-in process with facial recognition is more convenient and user-friendly than creating new profiles and passwords.
Three-quarters also agree biometric authentication is more secure overall than a traditional password and 64% agreed authentication through their phone is more convenient.
“As we have all seen, the security that online businesses use is overly tedious and yet, not very secure,” said Desai. “The bottom line for consumers? Complicated doesn’t mean secure. The solution is actually sitting in the pocket of most adults – their cell phone. Your phone is by far the most secure, accurate and frictionless way to prove identity – and our survey demonstrates that consumers would prefer the convenience of the phone in their pocket.”
TOP SECURITY RED FLAGS WHEN MAKING AN ONLINE ACCOUNT
- Too many personal questions (bank info, address, etc.) – 48%
- No follow-up email after creating the account – 43%
- No security questions – 36%
- A weak password is accepted – 36%
- No two-step authentication process – 36%
IMPORTANT FACTORS WHEN MAKING A NEW ONLINE ACCOUNT
- Positive customer experience - 48%
- Ability to open and use account from mobile device - 44%
- Safety of my data - 41%
- Biometric authentication (fingerprint, facial scan, etc.) - 41%
- Two-factor authentication - 39%
Stories and infographics by ‘Talker Research’ are available to download & ready to use. Stories and videos by ‘Talker News’ are managed by SWNS. To license content for editorial or commercial use and to see the full scope of SWNS content, please email email@example.com or submit an inquiry via our contact form.
Baby hippo who became social media star now a big sister
Staff noticed a change in Bibi’s behavior two days ago. She was restless outside and wanted to go indoors and...
Scientists discover why this drought-proof ‘super plant’ keeps growing and growing
Scientists have learned the secret to its success.
Drink in the world’s smallest whisky bar
Guests will have just 10 minutes inside the bar to sample the single cask Scotch whiskies on offer.
Brave dog who was shot and stabbed now works with cop who saved him
“Buddy is still understandably a little nervous around the rest of the Wellbeing Dog team, but he’s a lovely calming...
Couple recreates 40-year-old photo posing next to 12-foot tall sunflower
The couple - who have two sons, Jason, 32, and Kyle, 31- continued to grow sunflowers over the years and...
Weird3 days ago
Freaky footage shows alleged ghost knocking a bag off shop’s counter
COVID-193 days ago
New data reveals how many people scientists suspect have long COVID
Wildlife3 days ago
How fire ants’ ‘supergene’ helps them survive
Dads3 days ago
Cool dad builds ‘flamethrower’ for his kids using a leaf blower
Food & Drink4 days ago
Is family dinner canceled? Three out of five Americans don’t think so
Animals4 days ago
Cows caught on camera causing udder chaos in small village
Parenting4 days ago
How this couple has triplets that were each born TWO YEARS apart
Animals3 days ago
Up close look at one of the first short-eared owls bred in captivity