A Risky Password Habit Exposed in Survey

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mSeven Software’s survey of online users highlights potential dangers of memorized passwords

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“Our survey shows that people are putting themselves at risk by using too few passwords for too many websites,” said David Pfeiffer, Marketing Director at mSeven Software

Over 70% of online users memorize the passwords they use to access secure websites rather than record them on paper or digitally according to a recent survey conducted by mSeven Software. In the same survey, over 75% of the respondents said they access more than 10 websites using their passwords.

“Either these individuals have better-than-average memories or many are using a small number of passwords for all of the secure websites they access,” said David Pfeiffer, Marketing Director of mSeven Software. “The habit of using a few passwords for potentially dozens of websites is risky should any of those websites be compromised, such as the breach that recently occurred at LinkedIN and Yahoo!”

In fact, nearly 50% of survey respondents admitted they use fewer than four passwords to gain access to all of their protected websites.

“Our survey shows that people are putting themselves at risk by using too few passwords for too many websites,” said Pfeiffer. “mSeven has created the ‘why-use-a-password-manager.com’ website to educate people on the perils of bad password management and about the many benefits of password manager software.”

The complete survey can be viewed at why-use-a-password-manager.com.

About mSeven Software
Based in Portland, Oregon, mSeven Software has developed and supports mSecure and several other applications for the iOS, Android, Mac OS and Windows platforms. As a leader in the productivity category, mSeven Software operates on the principle that useful software is “made simple for everyday users.” For more information, visit msevensoftware.com.

For more information:
Contact: David Pfeiffer
Phone: 262-968-1940
Email: dave(at)msevensoftware(dot)com
Web: https://msevensoftware.com/press
Video: http://www.youtube.com/v/mmVQb9NIxHE?rel=0

Google, Google Android, Apple, iPhone, iPad, iPod and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Google, Apple and Microsoft Corp. respectively in the United States and/or other countries. mSecure, mGifts, mSevenSoftware, Security Everywhere are trademarks of mSeven Software.

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