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Psst, Millennials Are Sharing Their Work Passwords

What's your password at work? You might not be willing to share it, but a new survey finds the Millennials are coughing up their workplace passwords here, there and everywhere!

Okay, perhaps not everywhere, but one-quarter of employed Millennials are sending their log-in vitals via text, sharing them over work email, including them on unprotected spreadsheets, and writing down their passwords on torn scraps of paper around the office.

It's one of the findings from password management firm Dashlane, which surveyed 3,000 employees in the United States, the U.K. and France. Dashlane estimates 60% of employees in the 16-to-34 age range are sharing their passwords at work.

Older employees aren't exactly keeping quiet about it, either: 40% of middle-aged employees are willingly sharing their workplace passwords, too.

Now in employees' defense, sometimes passwords must be shared for the work to get done these days, especially with everyone's head in the Cloud. There are times when we must hand off (dump?) an online project to (onto?) a work colleague, and sometimes that might require sharing a password.

Besides, we're living in a "sharing economy," right?

The sharing runs deep, too: 45% surveyed said they can still access the computer system at their previous employer, because their old log-in credentials are still valid for some reason. But at least we've unfriended our ex-colleagues on Facebook, right?

Meanwhile, companies could be spending thousands, if not millions, of dollars on cybersecurity when their workplaces may not be all that far off from this hilarious Jimmy Kimmel skit.

So, it might be a good idea to remind employees (of all ages!) about password security. Maybe this will require a meeting, maybe not.

If you have a meeting, then make sure the meeting is long enough and that it's something employees can remember the next time they log into the system so they don't have to hit the "reset" button.


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