03 Apr More than Half of Security Pros Rarely Change their Social Network Passwords
Some security professionals apparently find it tough to maintain safe password practices outside of work, with 53% percent acknowledging that they either haven’t changed their social network passwords in more than a year – or at all, according to a report released today by security firm Thycotic.
According to the survey of nearly 300 security professionals conducted at the RSA Conference in San Francisco in February, 33% of security pros say they have not changed their social network passwords in more than one year, and 20% have never changed their passwords. And on top of that, nearly 30% of survey participants rely on birthdays, addresses, pet names, and children names for their social network passwords, the survey found.
These practices run counter to the industry’s often touted mantra of the need to frequently change passwords and make them complex as possible. Needless to say, failure to engage in these practices can potentially lead to cybercriminals not only infiltrating the social networks of security pros but also possibly social-engineering or phishing their way into their work accounts.