When we looked at the results from our latest state-by-state comparison of the riskiest online security habits, a few things surprised us. Like techies scoring lower than average Americans. But what jumped out the most was how over-confident Americans in general are about their online security behavior. With that in mind, here are five ways to fix some of the riskiest behaviors we found in our latest survey.
The problem – Password practices can be risky on a number of levels. Whether it’s sharing them with friends, between applications and social media, or between personal and work accounts, password sharing makes it easier for hackers to steal your credentials for malicious purposes.
The riskiest – Three out of four New Yorkers share passwords between business and work accounts. Between age groups, Gen Zers are more likely to share passwords than Gen Xers, millennials and Boomers.
The fix – Use a unique password for all the applications and services you use most regularly, and never use the same passwords for work and personal use. If you’re tracking passwords on paper, keep them locked in a safe. Or, better yet, use a password manager app so you never run the risk of sharing passwords across devices, apps and internet sites.