It’s World Password Day! May the 4th Secure You!

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Yes, this is play on May the 4th Be With You, or Star Wars Day.  It’s also much more.  Did you know that it is estimated that 90% of passwords are so insecure that they may be cracked in just seconds?  There is no shortage of evidence that people do not take the security of their passwords strongly enough, both personally and professionally.

A good password is nothing without extra protection. This Password Day, give your passwords the gift of strong authentication. Time to #LayerUp!

Think a strong password is enough to keep your accounts safe? Think again.

CakeIn 2016 alone, more than 3.1 billion user records, including passwords, were leaked online, millions of which ended up for sale on the dark web. If you didn’t know it already, you do now: It’s time to step up your password game.  Click the linked article above and check out the staggering statistics from 2016.

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Today, I’m celebrating World Password Day, a special day created to remind millions of Internet users around the world to protect their passwords online. By combining a password with an extra layer of protection — such as a fingerprint or a single use code sent to your phone — you add powerful protection for your online accounts, even if the password has been leaked.

WiFiThis World Password Day, give yourself the gift of peace of mind. Take five minutes, go to PasswordDay.org, and #LayerUp!

I recommend passwords be at least 12 characters long.  That’s the minimum!

Don’t shop online or do your banking connected to public WiFi networks.

When shopping online, be sure you areSSLIcon on an https URL.  Click on the padlock icon and be sure the SSL certificate is issued to the site you are shopping on.  Don’t get duped into purchasing from a fake site, of which there are many.

When you can, consider making your online purchases from the company’s app as a more secure option.

As always, consider whether what you share on social media sites could help a hacker to breach your online accounts and data.

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