This year marks the 8th anniversary of World Password Day, a holiday recognized each year on the first Thursday of May. World Password Day was established to improve the security of your organizational resources and personal information by promoting safer password practices like:
Making your password at least 15 characters in length
Adding special characters
Using a phrase instead of an easily guessed word or number
Changing your passwords frequently
Not reusing passwords
Not writing them down
Setting aside a special day to reinforce security best practices was a good idea back in 2013 and it still is today. After all this time, passwords continue to pose security risks to individuals and organizations. Since the start of the pandemic, one in 10 Americans have been victims of identity theft. And roughly eight in 10 corporate data breaches are due to stolen credentials. So instead of focusing on ways to make passwords stronger, it’s time to change the narrative around World Password Day altogether.