Did you know that May 3rd was World Password Day? The Registrar of National Day Calendar has designated the first Thursday of May of each year as World Password Day. World Password Day is a celebration to promote better password habits. Passwords are critical gatekeepers to our digital identities, allowing us to access online shopping, dating, banking, social media, private work and life communications.
Here are some basic tips I want to pass on:
Change it often – don’t get complacent. Stay safe and secure.
Don’t share it – with anyone! Family, friends, etc. Mum’s the word.
Make it strong – easy to remember but hard to guess.
Key tips for creating a strong password:
- Avoid using dictionary words
- Make sure it has at least 12 characters
- Include numbers, symbols and both upper and lower case letters
- Add 2-step verification — an extra security layer requiring a code from your mobile device
Celebrate World Password Day by visiting PasswordDay.org and taking the World Password Day pledge, sharing a password tip on social media, changing an old password to a long, strong one or by turning on two-factor authentication for your important accounts.
Keep that password strong!