Create strong passwords on World Password Day

How to create a strong password on World Password Day

Written on May 05, 2016 at 09:00 AM By Emily Gam

Guess what day it is today!?

Well yeah, Thursday…but it’s also WORLD PASSWORD DAY!!!

World Password Day is all about creating strong passwords by teaching us good password habits. We all probably think we use passwords that nobody will ever guess but every year the same terrible ones feature on the worst passwords list.

Here are the top 3 worst passwords from 2015:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678

So what can you do to make sure your password is more impenetrable than Fort Knox?

  • Check the strength of your passwords before you start using them
  • Don’t use the same password for everything
  • Change passwords regularly
  • Don’t use one word passwords
  • Make sure your phone is locked with a passcode or fingerprint scanner
  • Use a password manager
  • Enable multi-factor authentication

Do you have so many different passwords that logging into something feels like memory testing?

Using a password manager like LastPass or 1Password will allow you to have multiple strong passwords that will help to keep your data secure.

These are great apps if you’re constantly forgetting passwords and wasting time resetting and creating them again, which happens to 33% of Australians every single week.

Melanie Duca from Intel Security, who conducted the survey said “Individuals need to prioritise their digital safety and security by using services such as password managers and multi-factor authentication. These tools are there to help with the daily challenge of trying to remember several passwords.”

Perhaps in the future we won’t need to remember different passwords as 53% of Australians would prefer to use thumbprint recognition and a further 20% would prefer to use eye scanning technology.

However you choose to manage your passwords, it’s important to have good practices in place, otherwise you run the risk of private data being stolen or completely destroyed. It’s always worthwhile to have a contingency plan in place so check out our earlier post on Disaster Recovery Planning and download our free template.

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