20% of Employers Never Require Employees to Change Passwords

“As employees’ transition from work-from-home to in-office work environments again, it is the perfect time implement password policies and procedures that can keep employees and corporate networks safe,” says Rob Cheng, the CEO and Founder of PC Matic.
“As employees’ transition from work-from-home to in-office work environments again, it is the perfect time implement password policies and procedures that can keep employees and corporate networks safe,” says Rob Cheng, the CEO and Founder of PC Matic.

PC Matic, an American cybersecurity firm, and a 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner for Best Cyber Security Solution in the annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, has announced the release of its third annual report analyzing users and their password habits and hygiene.

The sixteen-page 2021 Password Habits and Hygiene Report introduces the results of a nationally distributed survey in which 2,500 Americans were asked about their password behaviors and tendencies.

The findings, fielded in May 2021, found that nearly 30% of Americans are not sure when they last changed their passwords, or have never done so at all.

The survey also revealed lax corporate password policies, finding that nearly a fifth of employers nationwide have never required their employees to change their passwords.

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Results of the 2021 Password Habits and Hygiene Report, as compared to 2020 findings, signal individual users and employers still relying on lax password protocols. (Courtesy of PC Matic)

More key findings from the 2021 Password Habits and Hygiene Report are as follows:

  • Nearly 60% of those surveys responded that they have never changed their home Wi-Fi password, or that it hasn’t been changed since setup.

    • In 2020, 50% of those surveys responded in this same manner.

  • 40% of respondents indicated that they are using the password lockout feature on both their work and home computers. 

    • This number is up from 25% responding that they used this feature in 2020’s survey results.

  • Just short of 45% of employers don’t require their employees to utilize a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

    • 2020’s survey results showed just a slightly higher number of respondent’s employers requiring a VPN, with 46% affirming they were required to use the security tool.

Courtesy of PC Matic
Courtesy of PC Matic
  • More than 50% of respondents admit to checking personal e-mail accounts at work. 

    • This number remains virtually unchanged from 2020’s survey results, and still presents an imminent threat to corporate networks.

“As employees’ transition from work-from-home to in-office work environments again, it is the perfect time implement password policies and procedures that can keep employees and corporate networks safe,” explains Rob Cheng, the CEO and Founder of PC Matic.

“The 2021 Password Habits and Hygiene Report aimed to understand the policies and procedures being implemented and abided by users across the nation and provides further insight into how corporate IT professionals can protect networks from cybercriminals.”

Ultimately, the 2021 Password Habits and Hygiene Report concludes with the warning that many Americans still at high risk for falling victim to cybercrime.

The importance of passwords shouldn’t be overlooked. Passwords are one of the greatest vulnerabilities facing both individuals and organizational cybersecurity, yet those who prioritize proper password hygiene still remain at concerning levels.

PC Matic Password Recommendations:

Courtesy of PC Matic
Courtesy of PC Matic

Top Tips for Individual Users

  • Change passwords every six months

  • Do not reuse the same passwords

  • Use complex passwords

  • Enable multi-factor authentication

  • Utilizing password lockout thresholds on all work and personal computers

  • Do not access personal accounts when connected to an employer’s networks

  • Complete cybersecurity training

Top Tips for Employers

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Courtesy of PC Matic
  • Issue passwords to your employees

  • If you can’t issue passwords, utilize a password generator that will create new passwords for your employees on a routine basis

  • Require employees connect to a VPN prior to engaging in work related

  • tasks

  • Default computers to a predetermined password threshold lockout time

  • Enable multi-factor authentication for access privileges

  • Apply filtering measures to online activity

  • Mandate employee cyber security training for your employees

More findings and the complete report may be found by clicking here.

To Learn More about PC Matic’s ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning Products and services, please visit pcmatic.com.

(See how PC Matic was built to proactively stop modern cyber threats, including advanced strains of the ransomware virus. Courtesy of PC Matic and YouTube.)

PC Matic Recognized in Fourth Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program

American Security Today’s ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards program is now in its Sixth Year and continues to recognize the Outstanding Innovations of top firms and agencies in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields.

2020 was a very challenging year for everyone due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the much heralded AST ‘ASTORS’ Awards Winners Presentations and exclusive Luncheon at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC had to be canceled and rescheduled for 2021 due to the virus.

Mike Madsen, Publisher, American Security Today
Mike Madsen, Publisher, American Security Today

However, the 2020 ‘ASTORS’  Homeland Security Awards Program was again a huge success and many new categories were added including a section for COVID-19 Detection and Innovation.

PC Matic

Best Cyber Security Solution

  • PC Matic Pro

  • PC Matic Pro lacks complacency. The world of cyber threats continues to grow at an exponential rate, and PC Matic Pro believes security solutions must evolve as well.

  • In Q4 of 2019, approximately 54% of ransomware attacks were executed through remote desktop protocol (RDP) ports, a hole the cyber security industry must address.

Rob Cheng, CEO & Founder of PC Matic, Inc
Rob Cheng, CEO & Founder of PC Matic, Inc
  • PC Matic Pro did just that with the addition of RDP Lifeline, available at no additional cost for all PC Matic Pro customers and includes the ability to enable and disable RDP ports across the network, schedule when RDP ports are to be enabled, as well as displays a full report of all RDP port activity.

  • Additionally, IT professionals are notified in real-time via the alert system when a new, unauthorized RDP session attempts to execute, so they can then either enable or disable the session right there from their phone or computer.

  • PC Matic Pro also deploys a two-part security component to prevent unauthorized users from uninstalling its security solution which successfully limits the threat of an unauthorized user exploiting a hole within the network and removing the security solution to execute malicious activities.

  • *PC Matic was also recognized in the 2019, 2018 and 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.

The 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program was sponsored by ATI SystemsAttivo NetworksAutomatic Systems, X.Labs and Reed Exhibitionsevery one a returning Sponsor from 2020, 2019 and More.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.

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Metal/Weapon Detection Rescue Operations Critical Infrastructure
License Plate Recognition Detection Products And Many Others!
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With the unprecedented occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of the safety and security industries has realized the need to increase innovations to address the daily growing challenges.

As such AST aims to make sure these firms and professionals are reflected in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, so we’d like to encourage you to submit appropriate categories recommendations and include COVID-19 Frontline Professionals in your Nominations to see that these Professionals, Facilities, and Vendors receive the Recognition they Deserve!

Submit your category recommendation for consideration to Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at: mmadsen@americansecuritytoday.com.

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The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 75,000 readers at the Federal, State and local levels of government as well as firms allied to government.

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It also includes featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.

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