New AVG research has revealed what many of us have suspected for some time - that when it comes to password protection many users are simply not getting the basics right.
Only half of UK 18-25 year olds password protect their mobile devices while around four out of ten share their passwords with friends and family.
In what may be a quirk of the survey rather than an intrinsic disregard for security measures, 42 per cent of women under 25 share their passwords compared to 28 percent of men.
On the positive side, however, over three quarters of respondents (78 per cent) of respondents said they secure their laptops or PCs with a password.
"Sharing passwords can leave your social networks open to status jacking and leaves your other online accounts, such as banking, vulnerable to attack," said Tony Anscombe, head of free products at AVG.
"You only have to walk away from your mobile for a few minutes for someone to access your email, download your contacts, and to masquerade as you on a social network."
Account hacking on social networks has reached such proportions that Facebook recently announced a security feature which allows users to remotely log out of active sessions on any device.
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