Report: Passwords Are, Like, So Not Cool

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Gone are the days of teens keeping their diaries under lock and key: Now, their deepest, darkest thoughts are for the world to see, according to new findings indicating that less than half of 18-25-year-olds across the United States, UK and Australia use passwords to protect their laptops and mobile devices when accessing social-networking sites.

AVG's latest study was commissioned to highlight the dangers of status jacking, which is especially common among students and adults under the age of 25. AVG and Research Now surveyed more than 1,000 18-25 year-olds across the United States Australia, UK, Czech Republic and Japan in the first week of September.

While 78 percent of 18-25-year-olds secure their laptops with a password, only 41 percent of young adults in the United States protect their mobile devices by using a password. Among British young adults, half of of the surveyed said they secure their mobile devices with a password, while in Australia just more than half take the same precaution.

Roughly 40 percent of young adults across the UK and Australia share their passwords with friends and family. Among American youth, the figure is 35 percent.

Overall, young women take less security measures than their male counterparts. Forty two percent of women under 25 share their passwords, compared to 28 percent of men. Additionally, 81 percent of men under 25 years old password protect their laptops and PCs, however, a quarter of women fail to take this security measure.

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