The Registrar of National Day Calendar has designated the first Thursday of May of each year as World Password Day.
Get tips to fortify your password habits on the official World Password Day website, PasswordDay.org.
- World Password Day came along to provide a warning to the world, and to spread awareness that taking care with your passwords is vital to protecting yourself against identity theft. Business insider did research to determine just how vulnerable account were, and discovered that 10,000 of the most common passwords allow access to 98% of all accounts.
- World Password Day is a celebration to promote better password habits. Passwords are critical gatekeepers to our digital identities, allowing us to access online shopping, dating, banking, social media, private work and life communications.
- These five user passwords accounted for 3.2 million of the 130 million accounts that were stolen in the Adobe hack of 2013: “123456,” “12345678,” “Password,” “Adobe123” and “12345678.
- The minimum password length experts now recommend to avoid being compromised by brute-force cracking is 13
- About 40% of organizations store privileged and administrative passwords in a Word document or spreadsheet.
- When people are asked to include a number in a password, the majority simply add a “1” or a “2” at the end.
- Two-thirds of people use no more than two passwords for all their online accounts.
- Thirty percent of phishing emails get opened.
- A pet’s name appears in passwords 3 times more frequent than a name of any other member of a person’s family.
- To protect a personal electronic diary and photo archives, an average person sets a password 2 times stronger than to protect his/her corporate and financial documents.
- A strong password policy doesn’t need to be the only line of defense to your systems and network. Adding multi-factor authentication creates multiple layers of security to protect users and resources.
- 73% of users have the same password for multiple sites, 33% use the same password every time.
- An 8-character password with letters (upper & lower case) and includes numbers and symbols has 6,095,689,385,410,816 possible combinations.
- There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds. A Clark School study at the University of Maryland is one of the first to quantify the near-constant rate of hacker attacks of computers with Internet access— every 39 seconds on average, affecting one in three Americans every year —and the non-secure usernames and passwords we use that give attackers more chance of success.
- Since 2013 there are 3,809,448 records stolen from breaches every day. 158,727 per hour, 2,645 per minute and 44 every second of every day reports Cybersecurity Ventures.
- By 2020 there will be roughly 200 billion connected devices.
- 95% of cybersecurity breaches are due to human error.