Start your own tradition of smart security with these 10 basic tips.
Even though it reminds us annually, World Password Day still has not convinced the majority of online users to get with the times and strengthen their passwords. Now I’m not casting stones here — I’ve always been one of millions myself, saying I’d get around to upgrading my security … some day. But in 2017, a breach compromised 1.4 million usernames, emails, and passwords, making them viewable on the dark web. While that collection did contain duplicates, it still represented a staggering amount of online accounts. Was yours one of them?
So this is the year I’m doing it. I’m reinforcing my defenses by strengthening my passwords, and I’m strengthening my passwords by using a password manager. I made the promise to myself that it would all start on May 3, 2018, on World Password Day. Fitting, isn’t it?
I invite all of you to join me. Cybertheft and identity theft have evolved to levels more sophisticated and more destructive than they’ve ever been. Wake up to the current state of cybercrime and defend your digital life with the new level of security required these days, across all your accounts.
Get started with these 10 basic security tips:
Happy World Password Day. I hope you follow my example and take measures to protect your own data. The tools to increase your security are out there and not difficult to set up. Cybercrime is growing, and whether you have a lot of money or a little money, the bad guys want to crack into your accounts because it’s all about identity and data. The fate of whether or not your digital world is protected rests in your action or inaction. Which will it be?
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On May 2, celebrate World Password Day by leveling up the strength and complexity of these most critical of security measures — your passwords.