Yes, A little bit late, but hope the members here find this topic useful.
World Password Day is an annual event celebrated on the first Thursday of May. The event aims to raise awareness about the importance of using strong and secure passwords to protect online accounts from hackers, and encourages users to take the ‘Password Pledge’ to assess the strength of their passwords. The event began in 2013 as an effort to educate people about the risks associated with using weak passwords and has grown in significance ever since. It is crucial not only to safeguard personal data but also to protect the data of families and businesses.
A brief History:
The concept of a “password day” was first proposed by security researcher Mark Burnett in his 2005 book Perfect Passwords, which urged people to update their important passwords regularly. Intel Security was inspired by his idea and declared the first Thursday in May as World Password Day in May 2013.
Here are some common mistakes people make when creating passwords:
- Using easily guessable information such as their name, birthdate, or common words.
- Reusing the same password across multiple accounts.
- Using short passwords with less than eight characters.
- Using consecutive letters or numbers (e.g., “1234” or “abcd”).
- Not including a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Using common or predictable patterns (e.g., “password” “qwerty” or “12345”).
- Sharing passwords with others.
- Writing down passwords in a location that is not secure.
Here are some tips for creating a strong and secure password:
- Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Avoid using easily guessable information such as your name, birthdate, or common words.
- Make sure your password is at least 12 characters long.
- Do not reuse passwords across multiple accounts.
- Consider using a passphrase instead of a password, which can be easier to remember and harder to crack.
- Use a password manager to securely store and generate complex passwords.