"Password Anxiety" Is A Real Thing


These days you pretty much need a password for everything, and Americans are having a tough time keeping them all straight.

A new LastPass survey finds:

  • “Password Anxiety” is a real thing for a lot of people.
  • Over the past month, the average American has been locked out of 10 online accounts because of a forgotten password.
  • 63% of people say it’s a recurring problem.
  • 65% of respondents admit they’d forget their passwords unless they wrote it down somewhere.
  • Over 50% of people are forced to reset at least five passwords each month.
  • Not that it helps much, with 57% saying they forget their new password as soon as they create it.
  • 64% of people even avoid certain websites because they’ve forgotten the password.
  • The most common sites people avoid because of forgotten passwords are:
    • Personal email (38%)
    • Bank account (35%)
    • Utility bill account (35%)
  • And while some devices store passwords, 65% of people say they get panicked when they realize their computer or phone doesn’t have the password stored.
  • In fact, 57% say if they lost their phone they’d be locked out of most of their accounts. 

Source: SWNS Digital