What is Password Stress?
Password stress /password fatigue is caused by users having to memorize and type a large and growing number of username and password combinations. The problem is that good security means unique usernames and passwords that are both long and complex (high entropy). But the amount of stress involved in memorizing and typing these long passwords on a daily basis takes a strong toll on the users.
Reasons for password stress / fatigue:
- Too many complex passwords to remember
- Retyping usernames and passwords repeatedly
- Forgotten password incidents
- Mistyping passwords
- Password reset incidents
- Changing passwords
- Getting locked out of an account
Consequences of password stress / fatigue:
- Creating weaker passwords
- Creating passwords that are easy to crack/brute force
- Writing passwords down on insecurely placed paper and/or spreadsheets
- Recycling the same password for other accounts
- Sharing passwords with other people
- Perpetuating a culture and habit of poor password hygiene
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