Did you know that tomorrow is World Password Day, 2023? As the result of a campaign to spread awareness of the importance of sufficiently secure passwords, it has become an annual reminder of how critical sufficient passwords are to proper cybersecurity…despite passwords not being sufficient protection on their own. In light of tomorrow’s observance, let’s take some time to review why passwords are important to get right, and what else you need to have in place.
Back in 2005, a security researcher by the name of Mark Burnett wrote a book—”Perfect Passwords”—that included his advice that everyone establish their own personal “password days,” where they take the time to go through all their passwords. Intel took his advice and turned it into a global observance, selecting the first Thursday in May as the established World Password Day. Since that day in 2013, this day has been designated as the day to update and refresh the many, many passwords we rely on each and every day in both personal and professional life.
Remember, as you do so, to keep a few key best practices in mind:
It is also important to acknowledge that passwords aren’t really as secure as we all would hope. There’s a reason that we—and many, many applications—so often push for multi-factor authentication. Requiring a second identification, usually in the form of a generated code or biometric proof, makes it far more difficult for a cybercriminal to access an account they aren’t supposed to access. Honestly, it’s becoming less and less of a recommendation, and more of a mandate for many.
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