World Password Day is an international day of observance which focuses on strengthening computer security. This year it will be celebrated on May 5 and we would like to remind you about the importance of choosing a strong password and changing them often!
It is said that one of the greatest mistakes you can make with your password is to choose a password that’s too easy for you to remember, f.e. the date of your birth. But the statistics show that:
123456 — use more than 3 million people.
Password — use more than 1,7 million.
abc123 — 610 000 uses.
qwerty — 382 000 uses.
11111 — 369 000 uses.
These passwords are most often cracked and it only takes a couple of seconds to hack them. So if you have any of such passwords, change them immediately! This is because in case somebody hacks into your account, they will most likely try and guess your password by attempting to use the first word that comes to mind.
Really, when it comes down to it, all we have as protection from hackers are our passwords. So it’s important to choose a strong password and change your passwords often.
In the age of technology, we rely more and more on all sorts of devices to store data and process it. All this content becomes vulnerable to cyberattacks from anywhere in the world, at any time. This is why it’s important to make sure that your accounts are secured with strong passwords, preferably a different one for every account you have.
The first usage of passwords was documented in 1961. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) creates the computer password so that multiple people can use a shared computer system. Then in 1976 was created enciphered user passwords so two people can authenticate each other without exchanging a cryptographic key. And in 1976 Two-Factor Authentication emerges and is adopted.
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