Research conducted by Google using YouGov in September 2021 found that 2 out of 3 internet users in Indonesia have experienced a personal data leak, or know people who have experienced it. This research targets more than 13,000 respondents in 11 Asia Pacific countries.
The research also shows that at least two out of three Indonesian internet users have their personal data leaked. However, that fact is not enough to encourage users to change their password-using habits.
“We see as many as 89 percent of users still maintain the habit of using weak passwords,” said Product Marketing Manager of Google Indonesia, Amanda Chan, in a discussion with Google, quoted by Republika.co.id, Friday (11/5/2021).
Common reasons why users use a weak password
- Fear of forgetting the new password (40 percent)
- They think using the same password will be more practical for them (30 percent). In fact 2 out of 5 respondents said they used the same password for 10 different sites. This habit can causue a greaetr result of online financial data theft.
- Often share personal information with close people. At least three out of five respondents shared passwords with friends and family for streaming platforms, food delivery services, and e-commerce sites.
- Storing passwords carelessly. Instead of using a password manager, almost 1 in 4 respondents in Indonesia admitted to storing their passwords in the Notes application or Notes on their cellphone. Even though the application was not encrypted.
- Shop online on unsafe sites, so their data can become easy targets for cyber criminals. This is quite worrying, especially ahead of the 11.11 online shopping party period.