Millennials Have Different Views About Passwords

IBM Security has released a study that found that younger adults are putting less care into traditional password hygiene, yet are more likely to use biometrics, multifactor authentication, and password managers to improve their personal security. Only 42% of millennials use complex passwords that combine special characters, numbers and letters (versus 49% of those 55 years of age and older), and 41% reuse the same password multiple times (versus 31% of those 55 and older).

"As the percentage of millennial and Gen Z employees continues to grow in the workforce, organizations and businesses can adapt to younger generations’ proclivity for new technology by allowing for increased use of mobile devices as the primary authentication factor and integrating approaches that substitute biometric methods or tokens in place of passwords,” the study’s authors conclude.

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