A recent survey of 1,000 professionals found 25 percent still had access to their former employer's online accounts.
To keep track of passwords, more than one-third of survey respondents said they write their passwords down on paper; 38 percent use a secure password manager; and nearly 30 percent do not store their passwords at all.
In addition, more than 40 percent of respondents said they have shared work passwords. Employees at organizations with 50 to 249 employees were the most likely to have done so.
Among those who shared work passwords, 66 percent shared them with coworkers. More than a third shared them with family or significant others. Email was the most common method for sharing passwords.
Many employees reuse their work account password for their personal accounts, with 26 percent using a work password for their personal email; more than 21 percent for their bank account; and nearly 18 percent for their social media accounts.
Nearly 73 percent of respondents said they thought their organization's password policy was "about right," although the other results of the survey suggest policies may need to be tightened.
However, the survey also found that employers should not make the process too difficult. Over 45 percent of respondents said that strict password policies hamper productivity.
Beyond Identity, a password-less security company, conducted the survey. Brandon Vigliarolo "1 in 4 employees say they still have access to accounts from past jobs, survey finds" techrepublic.com (Jul. 06, 2021).