Well, around about the time I was sitting down to write about this, I got an email indicating that I had a potential identity fraud situation in the works, and one of the very things I needed to do (aside from submitting the necessary paperwork) was go in and change up some passwords.
Life is serendipitous like that! "Luckily" I had all these resources already set aside awaiting World Password Day.
If you do, it's time to get to work changing passwords.
Another good place to look is here: Wikipedia's List of the Most Common Passwords. Wikipedia does have its purpose from time to time.
According to this article on #WorldPasswordDay 2020 from the InfoSecurity Group, 38% of people never change their passwords.We all probably have our own growing list somewhere of passwords and that fear factor of "oh no, I've forgotten mine!" Plus, with devices magically remembering them for us, it's easy to become complacent and just go with the status quo because it's either too hard to remember, we're too lazy, or we just really like the ones we've got! But, all of that makes us ripe for falling victim to hackers out there. Sadly, there's always folks out there who would rather side with evil than with good. All of which creates a mess that we then get to clean up.
So do yourself a favor and take advantage of World Password Day and tighten things up in your digital world with some of these helpful tech tips:
You can also find more great helpers at:
- iThemes' post last year by Michael Moorre "World Password Day 2020: Let’s Increase Your Password Security (This has a great checklist to work through.)
- InformationQ.com's post "World Password Day--First Thursday in May"
Images from https://idit.ge/en/posts/22/world-password-day and https://twitter.com/tonyvincent/status/1348600548891611137/photo/1, password tips created at canvas.com using information from https://www.informationq.com/world-password-day/