Passwords are actually one of mankind’s most important innovations that forms the crux of today’s security systems. But sadly, many take passwords for granted; many people around the world still do not understand the purpose and importance of having passwords. This is a sad truth, especially with the increased rate of cyber crimes in the past decade. Hence it is important that everyone should be aware of the urgent need and significance of passwords; the need for stronger and more secure passwords and to understand the risks that cybercrime entails. World Password day is celebrated on the first Thursday of the month of May, every year. This article is specially designed to help you understand all that you need to understand about World Password day.
History behind World Password day
World Password day came into existence less than a decade ago. The World Password day was an idea conceived by Mark Burnett, a security researcher. This was a part of his initial initiative to get people to update their important passwords in his 2005 book called ‘Perfect Passwords’. Intel Security was inspired by his idea and, in 2013, declared the first Thursday of the month of May, every year, to be ‘World Password day’. Mark Burnett’s ingenious initiative not only told the world about the importance of passwords, but it also helped garner attention towards cyber crimes and the need for stronger cyber security. That is the tale of how World Password day came into existence.
Facts about Passwords
According to research findings, 50 per cent of the population use the same password for multiple accounts. While this helps make it easy to not forget the password, it forms a huge cyber security risk. Having a single password for multiple accounts makes it easy for cyber criminals to breach into multiple accounts of an individual.
Do not use personal information in your password. The usage of birth dates, pet names, hobbies or even one’s phone number form weak passwords; passwords that are easy to breach. A strong password should have 16 or more characters and should consist of uppercase, lowercase, special and numeric characters. In short, the more unique that your password is, the tougher it is to breach.
How to celebrate World Password day?
One can celebrate World Password day by:
- Creating awareness towards cyber crime
- Educating self and others about the need for cyber security and stronger passwords
- Changing weak password into stronger password and helping our friends, family and neighbors with the same.
Why celebrate World Password day?
Passwords are the keepers of our digital identities and the various accounts that we associate with it. It is important that we all celebrate World Password day. World Password day is a celebration of better password habits and the need for stronger passwords. So let us fight to overcome our ignorance with regard to passwords and join hands as we spread awareness and celebrate the need for stronger security. Celebrate World Password day with the hashtag: #worldpasswordday
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