password paradox

Never has it been more important to take online security seriously, but it is your personality that may be to blame for getting you hacked.

The password paradox is that while most people know and understand the need of having strong and secure passwords, many of us are happy use weak and insecure ones instead.

High profile stories about large scale data breaches and cyber attacks may lead to some strengthening their passwords but many of us just continue with our own weak online security and hope for the best.


To better understand why users are so willing to take chances with their online accounts, LastPass teamed up with Lab42 to survey adults around the world on their attitudes and behaviors to password security.

The survey found that while we recognize what safe passwords should be, there are a number of factors which prevent us from using secure passwords.

The main reason for using easy-to-remember passwords is because the fear of forgetting them is stronger than the fear of being hacked.


In addition our personality traits can help us rationalize such behavior so that we continue to use less-than-secure password habits.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • 91% of us know there is a risk when reusing passwords, but 61% of us continue to do so.
  • Only 29% of consumers change their passwords for
    security reasons – the most common reason people change their passwords is because they forgot it.
  • Personality types don’t seem to impact our online behavior,
    but do drive our rationalizations of poor password habits.

See the infographic below to see how your personality could affect your choice of password.

LastPass password paradox infographicRead the full report here: Psychology of Passwords survey.