Number of people willing to give out a password when asked in a train station (2003)

Study: Infosecurity Europe 2003 Information Security Survey
Date: April 2003

90% of office workers at Waterloo Station gave away their computer password for a cheap pen, compared with 65% last year. Men were slightly more likely to reveal their password with 95% of men and 85% of women giving away their password.

Workers were asked a series of questions which included what is your password, to which 75% immediately gave their password, if they initially refused they were asked which category their password fell into and then asked a further question to find out the password. A further 15% then revealed their passwords.

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