World Password Day occurs annually on the first Thursday in May. The premise behind this day is simple: If everyone took a few added steps to beef up their online security habits, then the internet would become a safer place for everyone.
This year, the team of champions running World Password Day want you to “Treat everyday like Password Day and #LayerUp your login to make the Internet a more secure place.”
What Does It Mean To #LayerUp Your Passwords?
It’s easy #LayerUp! In fact, it should take less time than it does to heat the kettle for your favorite cup of tea! So sit back, put on the kettle, and let’s get started!
Layering up your login means to enable a free feature called multi-factor authentication (also known as two-factor authentication) in the settings of your favorite email, bank, or social media apps and websites.
This will add one extra step to your login process (scanning a fingerprint on your phone, or typing a PIN that’s sent to your phone) but gives you powerful protection against cybercrimes like identity theft and social media account hijacking.
Spotlight on Password Security
It should come as no surprise that the vast majority of us like to reuse passwords. Despite the constant warning about password breaches and cybersecurity threats, it appears we all want to make life easier for hackers. Don’t believe us? Check out these mind-boggling statistics:
- 64% want to easily remember their passwords
- 59% mostly or always use the same password
- 53% have not changed passwords in the last year
Lock Down Your Logins
Don’t become another statistic. Make a point of using unique usernames and challenging passwords, coupled with multiple layers of protection. Take the time to reconsider your online security routines and utilize the “6 Steps to Better Security” program outlined by Lock Down Your Login at www.lockdownyourlogin.org By using Lock Down Your Login’s simple steps, you can gain peace of mind and more control over your online security.
In closing, we share this infographic from LastPass that gives a solid overview of the Psychology of Passwords: Neglect if Helping Hackers Win