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Nearly 2 in 5 Would Rather Clean a Toilet Than Think Up a New Password

August 30, 2012

Americans are tired of managing their online identities: 38% say they'd rather tackle household chores such as folding laundry or scrubbing a toilet than come up another new user name and password, and 38% say achieving world peace would be a more manageable task than remembering all their passwords, according to a survey from Janrain.

Below, additional findings from the 2012 Online Registration and Password survey, conducted by Harris Interactive for Janrain.

Most (58%) online adults say they have five or more unique online passwords, whereas 30% have at least 10 and 8% have more than 20:

Interestingly, older adults tend to have more unique passwords: On average, those age 55+ have 8.2 passwords, whereas Millennials (those now age 18-34) have 6.7:

Men age 45-54 have the highest average number of unique passwords, at 9.8

However, recalling all those passwords can be a problem: 37% of online adults say they request assistance on their user name or password at least once a month.

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  • by Linda S Thu Aug 30, 2012 via web

    For the 38% who would rather scrub toilets than come up with a new username and password, I would like to propose a trade of services. I would be happy to come up with credentials for you. ;-)

    Ironically, I did have to reset my own password to post this comment, so perhaps you are best left to your own devices.

  • by Martha Lyons Thu Aug 30, 2012 via web

    I have 35 unique passwords.

  • by Jason B Thu Aug 30, 2012 via web

    The most frustrating thing is the different formulas for usernames and passwords. This one has to be eight characters, but no special ones... this one needs to have uppercase letters... this one isn't case sensitive... this one won't let you use any of the previous passwords you've used and long since forgotten about.... AAARRGGGHHH!

  • by Michelle F Thu Aug 30, 2012 via web

    I spend WAY more time on my password strategies than my toilets! :) My colleague wrote a blog about creating secure passwords that might have some good tips for readers to help save some time and headaches

  • by Vladimir Shatokhin Fri Aug 31, 2012 via web

    No doubt that passwords need to be long, secure, and unique for every WEB site or program you are using. Sounds very correct but is really madness in reality.

    But why wouldn’t you automate the use of your passwords with software and forget about them and their complexity? You can still have them safely stored on a portable smartcard (which is a hacker-proof device) and backup them to an encrypted file. Secure storage is a half of the deal – the software offer 100% automation of the password request across Windows and WEB clients.

    This way you don’t need to know, remember and type any passwords – the software will do it for you right from secure portable smartcard storage.

    I use my software on a daily basis: have around 200 passwords for my Windows accounts, all of my programs (Skype, outlook, SAP clients and all others), all my WEB sites, electronic stores and e-banking. The average length of my passwords is around 30 characters long. Do I remember or even know them? No...

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