Most would reveal their computer passwords

Wednesday, 23 April 2003, 12:46 PM EST

Computer security remains lax, with a new survey showing that most office workers would give away their computer passwords in exchange for a cheap pen.

The survey, by Infosecurity Europe 2003, found that 90 per cent of office workers at Waterloo Station gave away their computer password for a pen, compared with 65 per cent last year.

Men were slightly more likely to reveal their password with 95 per cent of men and 85 per cent of women revealing their password. The study also found the majority of workers would take confidential information with them when they changed jobs and would not keep salary details confidential if they came across them.

Workers were asked a series of questions which included what is your password, to which 75 per cent immediately gave their password. If they initially refused, they were asked which category their password fell into and then asked a further question to find out the password. A further 15 per cent then revealed their passwords.

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

Operation Pawn Storm: Varied targets and attack vectors, next-level spear-phishing tactics

Posted on 23 October 2014.  |  Targets of the spear phishing emails included staff at the Ministry of Defense in France, in the Vatican Embassy in Iraq, military officials from a number of countries, and more.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Fri, Oct 24th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //