Logging in – often considered one of the most mundane yet essential aspects of work — has become a thorn in employees’ sides. Often disruptive, overly complicated, and frustrating, the process of logging in is creating issues in organizations worldwide. Ultimately, it puts essential data and information at risk as employees experience login fatigue.
What is login fatigue, and how can your organization combat this common problem? We’re digging into the root of the login issue and how organizations should adapt.
What is Login Fatigue?
Password fatigue is the overwhelming feeling of stress and exhaustion resulting from the excessive number of passwords users are required to maintain for their various accounts. As the list of complex and diverse passwords increases, so does the confusion and inability to remember them.
A recent report by 1Password found that 43% of employees admit to sharing logins, delegating tasks to others, and even avoiding their work altogether to eliminate the headache of logging in. These behaviors threaten the security of their organization.
The Effects of Login Fatigue
Login fatigue compromises employee productivity, security, and well-being. It’s a universal problem that all organizations should actively address as part of proactive cybersecurity.
According to the 1Password report, the effects of login fatigue are wide-reaching. Here are a few key statistics from the 2,000 employees:
- 11% offloaded a task to a colleague so they didn’t have to deal with logging in
- 13% abandoned a work task so they didn’t have to deal with logging in
- 16% shared a login or used somebody else’s login to access an account or app at work
- 17% figured out a workaround to complete a task so they wouldn’t have to log in
- 19% gave up logging into a non-critical work app because it took too long
Why Passwords Matter
Proper password management is critical to a robust and effective cybersecurity plan within any organization or industry.
These are our recommendations for ensuring maximum password safety within your organization:
- Always use a password manager. Example: 1Password
- Eliminate shared passwords altogether. We share more about why shared passwords are a risk to cybersecurity on our blog.
- Always use multi-factor authentication. Whether for personal or business use, multi-factor authentication is best practice across the board.
If your organization is looking to establish a legitimate and effective cybersecurity plan for your organization to help eliminate login fatigue, Clarity Technology Group can help. Get in touch with our team here.