World Password Day – May 6, 2021

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Still using your cat’s name followed by an “&” for your 401(k) account password? Sorry, but that’s just not enough to protect your life savings in 2019. Here’s a term you need to know on World Password Day: #LayerUp.

This refers to adding strong authentication to your important passwords to prevent identity theft and other cybercrimes.

Intel created World Password Day — the first Thursday of May (May 6) — to address the critical need for solid passwords. It’s simple, really. Most operating systems offer an easy way to create and store passwords. Apple’s “Keychain Access” is one example. You can also go online to generate passwords which are practically hacker-proof.

In other words, “e9UBct*35TwhT&p/’e{:y}” is the new “MisterWhiskers.”

Read more about this on our National Computer Security Day page.

World Password Day timeline

1961
First Usage

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) creates the computer password so that multiple people can use a shared computer system.

1976
Enciphered User Passwords

Public-key cryptography is created so two people can authenticate each other without exchanging a cryptographic key.

1978
Weak Passwords

A study done by Morris and Thompson demonstrates that guessing passwords through personal information is easier than deciphering passwords.

1986
Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication emerges and is adopted.

How to Observe World Password Day

  1. Take the #LayerUp pledge

    You need a card and PIN number to get money out of the ATM — so wouldn't you want the same level of security for your online accounts? Learn about stronger authentication!

  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. Alert your friends

    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 (if not their bank accounts).

Why World Password Day is Important

  1. More important than ever

    So much of our information 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!

  2. Easy to fix

    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.

  3. Lots of help out there

    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.

    Organizations from the tech industry can use Influencer Marketing campaigns to spread awareness around having strong passwords.

World Password Day dates

YearDateDay
2022May 5Thursday
2023May 4Thursday
2024May 2Thursday
2025May 1Thursday
2026May 7Thursday
2027May 6Thursday