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Older Folks Choose The Most Secure Passwords

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

There’s often the stereotype that young folks are tech savvy. I mean, most of them can’t remember the world without cell phones and the Internet.

But some new research by Gigya shows that while younger people may be the most comfortable with tech, they aren’t necessarily the smartest when it comes to security.


In a recent survey, 48% of those 18-34 said they used the same few passwords for all of their online accounts, while only 31% of those aged 51-69 do.


Also, 67% of those in the 18-34 age range admit to creating a non-secure password because it was easy to remember while only 47% of those 50 plus have.

Not surprisingly, only 18% of those over 50 report having an account compromised in the previous year while 27% of those 18-37 have had at least one account compromised and 6% say between 4 and 6 of their accounts have been hacked.

Users in general aren’t happy with creating complex passwords. A full 32% of users say they’ve given up on creating an account because it required a complex password. And 60% of users admit that they’ve forgotten between 1 and 5 passwords in the past year.

There’s been a lot of talk about biometric authentication replacing the password, but a full 34% of those in the 18 to 34 range say they have no devices with biometric technology.

So why are older folks better at security? Partly because with age comes experience. Also, familiarity can breed carelessness. Younger folks take technology for granted, especially those that have had a mobile phone since they were a little kid. They also expect instant access to everything on their phones and might not want to be bothered with taking time for things like two-factor authentication.

They also think nothing about storing their naked pictures in the cloud (or apparently about taking naked pictures). Combined with poor password practices, that’s led to a lot of embarrassment.

If you’re older, take heart. The reason you forget that password sometimes is because it’s a good one.

~ Cynthia


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2 Responses to “Older Folks Choose The Most Secure Passwords”

  1. Norine Peardon says:

    I believe that when it comes to certain items on the internet, strong passwords are required. Examples: banking, websites (both backoffice and cpanel), other sites where hacking could cause extreme hardship. I am in the baby boomer group.

  2. Karen says:

    I’m 68 and have different passwords for each account. I keep a copy of the passwords on individual index cards. Of course, the cards are in alphabetic order. Quick look to find the site’s password and I can then take care of business.

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