World Password Day
World Password Day is observed next on Thursday, May 4th, 2023 (222 days from today).
World Password Day is considered as a means to promote better password habits. A password is an integral security measure for one's online/digital identity and enables users to gain private access to a number of online services.
Why World Password Day?
This auspicious day is dedicated to making it possible for anyone present online to enjoy the services they seek privately. The password is usually unique to one person and ensures that there is no unauthorized access to the platform or your digital account. Acting as a gatekeeper to all digital identities, the password ensures that you can shop online, use dating sites, use online banking, enjoy media social media, do your private affairs and even send and receive information.
Since we now live in the digital age, it is imperative to have a secure password for your privacy. Password security is measured by strength, which is why people often incorporate a mixture of characters to make it harder for someone to guess or remember and access their accounts.
It is important to have a password that is long, unique, and somewhat technical or complex as a means of protecting your valuable information from unauthorized hands or access. Another tactic commonly used by people is to change their password every predetermined period, such as a month, two or three months.
Any time you feel or suspect that your account has been hacked or accessed without your knowledge and permission, you should quickly change it and even set up multi-factor authentication.
History of World Password Day
Security researcher Mark Burnett first encouraged people to have a "password day" where they update important passwords in his 2005 book Perfect Passwords. Inspired by his idea, Intel Security took the initiative to announce the first Thursday of World Password Day in May 2013. Submitted by Big Monocle in 2016, Password Day aims to generate awareness of the need for good password security.
Some reasons for World Password Day being important
- More important than ever
A lot of our information lives on the internet. Just think of online bank accounts, bill paying sites, shopping sites and the list goes on. Make sure your passwords are strong and varied!
- Easy to repair
You've heard about password managers and multi-factor authentication. Today is a great day to sit down and educate you. And with the new technology options available now, you can 'set it and forget it' for the future.
- There is a lot of help
The days of writing passwords on memory cards are long gone. There are a number of free and low-cost password managers that will still leave you plenty of time for online shopping.
How to celebrate World Password Day
- Set or change your password
One of the most important days to observe this auspicious day is to reset your password yourself. In doing so, you will do what the day dictates, while also upgrading the security of that particular platform for the password you will change the same gospel you will preach. Surely, this will go a long way in ensuring that the auspicious day is maintained, especially since you will also inspire those around you to do the same and have a sense of presence their digital.
- Post on social media
Another way to observe this remarkable day is to post on social media using the #WorldPasswordDay handler and make sure this happens on as many social media platforms as possible. Doing so will not only add more volume to the campaign, but will also ensure that it reaches a wide audience.
- Organize a group to teach everyone how to set up strong passwords
Another way to observe this day is to organize with friends to teach people in your city or local the importance of a strong password and even go ahead to show them how to create a strong password. and inviolable.
- Organize a campaign
You could also organize a campaign in honor of World Password Day. To do so, you can print a banner or flyer and brand your shirt for attention to this day. The campaign can be a one-man army or it can have your friends support you and what you're campaigning for. The best places to visit with this peaceful protest include busy streets, markets, malls and schools among other densely populated areas.
ObservedWorld Password Day has been observed the first Thursday in May.
Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Thursday, May 5th, 2022
Thursday, May 4th, 2023
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Intel Security in May 2013