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Password risks grow

Businesses are facing increased costs and IT security is at risk because employees are failing to cope with the proliferation of passwords they need at work, research has revealed.

Businesses are facing increased costs and IT security is at risk because employees are failing to cope with the proliferation of passwords they need at work, research has revealed.

The survey, for security company RSA Security, involved 1,700 users - more than half of them IT professionals - and showed 28% were trying to manage more than 13 passwords at work. A further 30% were trying to keep track of between six and 12 passwords.

The survey also showed staff were resorting to insecure and risky methods to keep track of passwords, with a quarter keeping a record of their access codes in a document on their PC.

A further 22% listed the passwords on PDAs or handheld devices, while 15% wrote it down on a piece of paper, kept in their workspace or office.

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