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Are Your Employees Using Sticky Notes To Write Down Passwords?

A recent survey, commissioned by password manager maker Keeper Security, found that 57 percent of respondents write down work-related passwords on sticky notes. In addition, 67 percent reported having lost track of these notes at one time.

Keeper Security stated that the increase in remote work may lead more employees to write down their passwords. According to the survey, 66 percent of employees are more likely to write down work passwords when working from home rather than the office.

Those who store passwords digitally often do so in an unencrypted format.

Forty-nine percent of respondents said they save their work passwords in an unencrypted document stored in the cloud. Fifty-one percent write down passwords in a document saved on their computers. However, the largest percentage—55 percent—store their work passwords in a note on their smartphone.

In addition, 37 percent of respondents create weak passwords using their employer's name, significant other's name, or birthday for their work accounts. Forty-four percent said they use the same password for their personal and work accounts.

Finally, poor password practices often originate with the organization's leadership. Forty-six percent of employees surveyed said their company encourages them to share passwords for accounts that are accessed by multiple employees.

Additionally, employers often fail to disable accounts when employees leave. Thirty-two percent of respondents reported accessing an online account they had with a previous employer.

Thousands of employees in the U.S. were interviewed for the survey. Mayank Sharma "Stop using sticky notes to write down passwords" (Apr. 08, 2021).

So, the question for our readers is:

Do your employees write down passwords on paper or store them digitally unencrypted?

Please take the poll. Here is the opinion of one of the McCalmon editorial staff:

Jack McCalmon, Esq.

The best means for password management is a password manager that uses state-of-the-art encryption, but even then you need to remember your credentials to access the password manager, but just the one password. If you do write down a password, then shred or destroy what you wrote down.

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