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Other approaches to password management are far less common.

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Individuals play a critical role in their own digital security.

The weak link in many personal data breaches can be traced back to an overly simple password, an out-of-date smartphone app with missing security patches or the use of an unfamiliar Wi-Fi network.

Many sites rely on individuals to choose strong passwords as the first line of defense for their online accounts, but there are other technologies that aim to improve – or in some cases replace –the password itself.

The first of these techniques is known as “multifactor” or “two-factor” authentication.

Those under the age of 50 are especially likely to indicate that their online passwords are very similar to one another: 45% of internet users ages 18 to 49 say this, compared with 32% of those ages 50 and older.

And younger adults are especially likely to share their passwords with others: 56% of 18- to 29-year-old internet users have done so.When asked about different ways they might keep track of their online passwords, fully 86% of internet users report that they keep track of them in their heads.Indeed, 65% report that memorization is the method they rely on the most (or is the only method they use) to keep track of their passwords.There are relatively few demographic differences when it comes to how internet users keep track of their passwords.Within every major demographic group, a majority says that memorization is the password management technique they rely on the most – and the differences that do exist on this subject tend to be relatively modest.Many security professionals recommend password management software as the best way to create and store complex passwords.

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