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A majority (57%) of U.S. respondents reported being excited about passwordless technology, a number that mirrors the global response (56%). According to password management solutions company Bitwarden, of the U.S. respondents using passwordless authentication, 40% are or would consider using biometrics such as facial recognition, fingerprint and voice to represent “something you are” and 33% would prefer a PIN, name or word for “something you know.” The “something you are” method is more prominent globally, with 50% of respondents utilizing or considering it.

U.S. respondents who said they were not excited about passwordless authentication cited a few qualms. Fifty-five percent prefer to use their memory over their fingerprint or face ID and 36% were worried about their fingerprint or face ID being used against them.

Fifty-four percent of Americans rely on their memories to manage passwords for websites, apps and services at home or at work – up from 49% in 2022. This might help explain why 58% regularly reset their passwords, including 12% who do so every day. To manage passwords, 34% use pen and paper, 30% use a password management software, 23% document passwords on a computer, 19% on e-mail and 3% say they do it another way. 

Nineteen percent of respondents admit to having used the word “password” or another common variation of the word as their password. Seventy-five percent use passwords that are at least nine characters in length and 69% use two-factor authentication for work accounts and 70% for personal accounts.

There are some vulnerabilities regarding password repetition. Twenty-two percent have been reusing the same password for more than a decade in the U.S. Around a quarter of U.S. respondents (26%) report being affected by a data breach in the past 18 months. While data breaches may not be preventable, they tend to have a ripple effect for ...