Passwords Survey: Majority Have Experienced Online Security Incidents

There have been several security incidents lately regarding websites and the passwords people use to log into them. As a result, some people and tech companies have been trying to come up with alternatives. One even suggested the possibility of using photos as passwords. What do people think about the security of their online passwords? And how would they feel about enacting an alternative solution?


Secure Passwords

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 26% of respondents said they feel that the passwords they’ve chosen for their online accounts are very secure. 62% feel that their online passwords are somewhat secure. 8% said they think their passwords are not very secure. And 4% think they are not secure at all.

Website Security

But even if you’ve chosen incredibly secure passwords, hackers can still gain access to your information through various websites. Just 19% of respondents said they feel very confident that the websites they use won’t share or give up access to their passwords. 57% feel somewhat confident in the websites they use. 19% said they do not feel very confident in websites not giving up access to their passwords. And 5% said they are not confident about this at all.

And this has happened many times through the years. In fact, 7% said that they have had an account hacked or a website alert them of a security issue regarding their password multiple times. 53% said that they have experienced a password related security incident once or twice. And 40% said they never have.

Photo Passwords

So what about the possibility of using photo passwords or similar methods? 13% said they would be very interested in the possibility of photo passwords. 38% said they would be somewhat interested in using photo passwords. 37% said they would probably not be interested in using photo passwords. And just 12% said they would definitely not be interested.

However, just 9% of respondents said they actually feel that using a photo password would definitely be more secure than using a traditional password. 44% think that it would probably be more secure. 38% think photo passwords would probably not be any more secure than traditional passwords. And 9% think they definitely would not be more secure.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: ENTER YOUR PASSWORD from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on August 7 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.