There really is a day for everything, but EVERYDAY should be World Password Day. Since 2013, the first Thursday in May has been World Password Day. Created to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and updating important passwords, this topic has only become more relevant as more and more of our daily transactions move online. Luckily, there’s a lot of good, evolving information out there, from Verizon’s yearly Data Breach Investigations Report, to national agencies like the NCCIC and NIST releasing guidelines and best practices.
Although we are not cyber security experts, we thought we could at least share some of these commonly accepted best practices regarding password security.
- Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts.
- Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
- Password length of 12+ characters is recommended. Basically, each additional character multiplies the difficulty of cracking a password.
- Use multi-factor authorization when available. This helps prevent unauthorized access even in the case where your password is hacked.
- Use of a password manager is recommended. Services like Last Pass and 1Password make generating and storing random 12+ character passwords simple.
The bottom line is that spending a little bit of time to secure and manage all your passwords words – businesses and personal – far outweighs the hassle, time, and potential financial loss of having your accounts hacked. Now go secure those passwords!