Password management in Japan

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Would you like to use for login security? graph of japanese statisticsDDS, Digital Development Systems, a company that makes software to manage passwords through biometrics, recently conducted a survey entitled password refugees, looking at password usage.

Demographics

Over the 2nd and 3rd of February 2015 400 members of the Macromill Research Monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was aged between 20 and 50 years old, but no further demographics were provided. However, knowing Macromill’s usual style, it would have people aged been between 20 and 59 years old, 50:50 male and female, and 25% in each of the age bands 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.

I use KeePass to manage my passwords, but with Chrome being good at managing passwords, I rarely need to load it up.

Research results

Q1: How do you manage your passwords? (Sample size=400, multiple answer)

Memorise them60.2%
Write them down on paper39.8%
Record them in a memo on PC, smartphone, etc25.7%
Use password management software9.7%
Take a photo, screenshot of password email, banking code card, etc2.9%
Other0.5%

Q2: Have you ever forgotten a password? (Sample size=400)

Yes93.9%
No6.1%

Q3: Do you feel typing in an ID, password is a pain when logging in? (Sample size=400)

Yes92.7%
No7.3%

Q4: How many IDs, passwords do you have for logging into sites, apps? (Sample size=400)

One6.8%
Two17.7%
Three19.2%
Four9.7%
Five3.6%
Six or more43.0%

Q5: Have you ever felt tired of having to manage IDs and passwords? (Sample size=400)

Yes (to SQ)73.8%
No26.2%

Q5SQ: When have you felt tired of having to manage IDs and passwords? (Sample size=295, multiple answer)

When I cannot recall an ID, password and cannot access a service82.2%
When there are many different restrictions on ID, password values (more than n characters, must use symbols, etc)56.6%
When I cannot use the ID, password I want to20.1%
Other1.0%

Q6: Have you ever had an SNS, web site account ID and password compromised? (Sample size=400)

Yes5.8%
No94.2%

Q7: Do you use the same ID or password across multiple sites? (Sample size=400)

Yes (to SQ)79.9%
No20.1%

Q7SQ: Why do you use the same ID or password across multiple sites? (Sample size=319, multiple answer)

Cannot memorise multiple IDs, passwords67.5%
Too much bother to think of different IDs, passwords for multiple sites62.6%
Don’t think there’s any problem using the same ID, password everywhere4.9%
Other1.5%

Q8: Would you like to use a fingerprint, vein print, other biometrics for login security? (Sample size=400)

Definitely21.8%
Yes41.3%
Can’t say32.5%
No3.9%
Definitely not0.5%
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