We are about to approach the first Thursday of May which means it’s also World Password Day. Officially declared in 2013 by Intel, World Password Day has successfully raised awareness about the importance and need of password security and practices. It’s safe to say that a majority of our lives also exist within the digital space and that means a majority of our information lives on the internet. As we protect and take care of ourselves physically, it’s crucial that we also protect ourselves digitally. And that ultimately begins with our passwords.
Senior Cyber Threat Intel Analyst at Digital Shadows stated that “passwords continue to be a major weak point across the internet. Most of the problems stem from password reuse, passwords that are not complex or otherwise easy to guess…” So how can we protect ourselves in the digital world, where we are constantly faced with online threats like phishing attempts, security breaches, leaks and more? Well we can start with safe and best practices for our passwords, and how fitting to do it for World Password Day.
How to create good passwords
Let’s dive right in on how you can create strong and secure passwords this World Password Day. First things first, let’s not make our password ‘password’ or ‘Hello123’ or basically anything from this list. And if you find that you are using a password similar to those, now would be a great time to change it.
Length vs Complexity
According to Mark Burnett, author of Perfect Passwords, the optimal length for a strong password is between 12-15 characters. In this case, the longer the password is, the stronger it is. Think of each character in your password as a safety wall that hackers are trying to get through or over. Try to come up with something that will be easy enough for you to remember but would be difficult – or impossible – for others to guess or compute. It’s okay to get weird with your passwords and it’s actually encouraged.
Unique Charact3r$ are your friend
In 2022, it shouldn’t be too surprising that adding characters to your password can strengthen its security tenfold. Typically the algorithms that hackers use to receive your information are attempting almost every word under the sun, so when you use numbers, unique characters, even capital letters you are reducing the risk of online threats to your accounts. You can test the strength of your password here, and don’t be afraid to g3t Cr34TiVE if you realize it’s time to change what you’ve been using.
Don’t be a password repeater
Come on now y’all. Let’s not reuse our passwords across our email accounts, our social media pages, blogging sites, pinterest boars and more. That’s one of the easiest ways a digital perpetrator can access your accounts easily and quickly. Even if you have one of the best, longest, and difficult passwords, it won’t mean much if you’re using it across accounts. You’re putting yourself at risk within the digital world, so from all of us at WoT please, don’t reuse your passwords!
Use 2-step authentication
Two-step authentication, also known as 2FA, should be a first-step in your digital journeys and when opening new accounts. It’s a process that involves two authentication methods performed one after the other to certify that the person requesting access, or logging in, is who they say they are. There are a ton of Authenticator Apps available today that provide real-time authentication codes that constantly change. You can find a complete list of the most common, used, and verified Apps here via GeekFlare.
Check if the website you want to visit is safe
Unfortunately, hackers have gotten more creative throughout the years. There are so many imitation websites, email addresses, forms and more that make it difficult for even digital natives to tell the difference of what’s real and what’s not. Of what’s safe and what’s not. When you want to visit or explore a new website, create a safer browsing experience for yourself by first checking its safety, security, and reputation. WoT checks every website before you visit and utilizes the power of its 140M+ member community that personally reviews and rates each website. Each review comes with both a safety and a security rating. You can read all about how we’re keeping the internet safer, and how you can check sites yourself right here on our blog.
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