3 Stupid Mistakes Cloud Users Make And The Dumbest Passwords They Create
Is the cloud hurting younger generations?
According to Softchoice, a technology solution provider, SaaS (software as a service) users are 10 times more likely to store passwords on unprotected or shared drives.
Softchoice surveyed 1,000 full-time employees in the U.S. and Canada about their password security, file transfer and IT compliance habits at work. In doing so, the company found that SaaS app users are 16 times more likely to access work files through an unsanctioned app.
And in a surprising twist, Softchoice learned that 20-year-old workers are two times more likely than Baby Boomers to store an app password in plain sight.
It is not entirely clear why SaaS users are making these mistakes, but Mike Kane, the firm's Director of Business Development and Cloud & Client Software, suspects that it is related to productivity.
"I just think people are trying to be more productive and make their jobs easier," Kane told Benzinga. "They're not thinking about the consequences of file sharing."
Kane also believes that users are simply trusting that the cloud is safe, regardless of the way that sensitive information is stored.
Those aren't the only dumb mistakes that cloud users are making, however. Click through the slideshow to see their three stupidest mistakes -- and the ridiculous, easy-to-hack passwords they create.
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Passwords And Post-Its Don't Mix
This should go without saying, but Kane said that there are a lot of individuals who write their passwords down on a Post-It and leave it somewhere for all to see.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Passwords And Shared Drives Don't Mix Either
Many cloud users think they should store their passwords in a document on a shared drive.
"I've seen customers show me Excel sheets of end users that have all their passwords stored," said Kane.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Recycling Is Good For The Environment, Bad For Passwords
After coming up with a great, complex password, some users might be tempted to re-use it (and a couple of others) across multiple accounts.
"We see this a lot," said Kane. "It's literally three passwords or so that you recycle for the 15 or so apps you're trying to access."Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Common Passwords: "Password"
Could this be what happens when users mistake the password box for CAPTCHA?
Confused User: "Well, it says 'password.' Maybe I simply have to re-enter that word to proceed…"
Whatever the case, Kane has seen a lot of users implement the word "password" as their password.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Common Passwords: "Hello"
Hackers responded to this one by saying, "Goodbye, sucker!"Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Common Passwords: The User's Name
You don't need to crack open a computer to hack this password.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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