World Password Day — which falls on the first Thursday of May — was created to raise awareness about the critical need for good passwords. With ever-increasing cyber-security threats and identity theft opportunities, maintaining good and diverse passwords is critical. Take the day to think about and improve each and every one of your passwords.
How to Observe World Password Day
1. Turn on multi-factor authentication for your most important accounts
You need a card and PIN number to get money out of the ATM—wouldn't you want the same level of security for your online account?
2. Host a password party
Friends don't let friends have lame passwords. Why not make a party of it? You can figure out password managers and the ins and outs of multi-factor authentication, together.
3. Spread the word on social media
Let others know what goes into making a strong password. Share a stat about hacking and identity theft. Get people's attention—you may just save them a lot of headache.
Why World Password Day is Important
A. It's an important check-up for your various accounts
So much of our information and livelihood lives on the internet, just think about your online banking accounts, bill payment sites, shopping sites, and the list goes on. Make sure the passwords are solid and diversified!
B. Thinking about your passwords today could make them easier to manage in the future
You've heard about password managers and multi-factor authentication. Today is a great day to sit down and educate yourself. And with the new technology options out there, you can 'set it and forget it' for the future.
C. It's a great time to explore the technology support that is available for online security
The days of writing passwords on stickies are long gone. There are a number of low-cost and free password managers that will still leave you plenty of time for all that online shopping.