World Password Day is dedicated annually on the first Thursday in May. This day provides us with a warning and reminder of how important passwords are. Passwords are the first layer of defense for our digital protection.
We use sunscreen to protect us from the harmful rays of the sun, a case to protect our mobile devices and oven mitts to protect our hands from a hot pan. Why should we treat our passwords with any less protection?
Take this opportunity to go through your passwords and make them stronger.
- Use a passphrase.
- Combine upper/lower case.
- Replace letters with numbers or special characters.
- Use a minimum length of 15 characters.
- Make all your passwords different for different sites.
- Use a password manager to keep track of passwords (The Best Password Managers of 2018).
- Use two factor authentication (2FA). It’s free and easy.
#LayerUp your login! This means creating a multi-factor (MFA) way to authenticate your login. This adds one extra step to your login process. It can be via a fingerprint scan, typing a PIN or even a USB token. Multi-factor authentication provides a powerful added protection against cyber crooks to guard against identity theft and social media account hijacking. You can find sites that support MFA/2FA at www.twofactorauth.org