Don’t worry, there isn’t anything wrong with the title. It’s World Password Day 2019 today and we’re starting as we mean to go on, we’ll explain this shortly.
World Password Day was created to raise awareness about the importance of strong, secure passwords. With ever-increasing threats to your corporate, personal information and online security, maintaining strong passwords is critical.
It’s a slippery slope
There are some that would suggest passwords are like underwear; we shouldn’t go leaving them around and we should change them regularly. Whilst the little anecdote is funny and memorable, it’s actually outdated advice. Let’s face it, we often look for easy or quick solutions for things, and choosing passwords can follow this trend. Picture this, we’re presented with a frequent challenge to change our password, we start to get lazy. That secure password you had becomes less and less secure as you make it SecurePassword1, SecurePassword2. As time goes on we can’t actually remember which number we’re up to, so we have to start writing it down. Then we’ve lost all the security that we gained from having a secure password in the first place, it’s a slippery slope.
How do we make the most of World Password Day 2019?
1) Use two factor authentication
You may use online services, home security products or corporate applications that all support two factor authentication or 2FA. Check to see if the applications you use facilitate two factor authentication. It’s a really great way of strengthening the security of your information. If you’re interested, here is a bit more information on what 2FA is from Authy
2) Review your existing passwords
Don’t take the chance by leaving your old passwords that are now up to InsecurePassword26, take time to review your passwords and change them to a strong, secure password.
We think passphrases that are turned into passwords work well. For example, the title of our article is WdYk1WPd20!9o2M. We made tha1t up, but it translates to “Well, did you know it’s World Password Day 2019 on 2nd May”. It’s an easy way to make up a memorable passphrase that can be used as a strong and secure password. Give it a try.
3) Tell your friends
Let others know what goes into making a strong password. Share some startling facts about poor passwords and get people thinking, we’ve provided some for you here.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre or NCSC conducted it’s first “cyber-survey” and uncovered some troubling stats: -
The worst password used online is 123456, appearing in more than 23 million passwords.
The second-most popular password is, 123456789,
Poor passwords in the top five included "qwerty", "password" and 1111111.
Names used as passwords were Ashley, followed by Michael, Daniel, Jessica and Charlie.
Can we help?
If you’re interested in learning more about how to better secure you’re business, or maybe implementing a password policy for staff to follow, please contact us and WbD2hU!, sorry… “we’d be delighted to help you”.