World Password Day

May 1, 2024 Leah Driver

World Password Day - May 2, 2024

The first Thursday in May is #WorldPasswordDay, a reminder to level up your online security game using password best practices. While we know passwords protect some of our most sensitive information, the sheer number we need can be an incentive to use the same, often weak, password for multiple sites. This leaves us more vulnerable to hacking and identity theft.

Table showing how long it would take a hacker to crack a passwordHow vulnerable? This chart shows how long it would take a hacker to “brute force” various password combinations. (Click the image for a larger version.) You can also check your password strength at

To "celebrate" World Password Day, take a few simple steps to protect your accounts and thwart cybercriminals:


Use a Password Manager

One of the best ways to create and store strong, unique passwords for all your accounts is by using a password manager. These encrypted vaults generate random passwords for you and store them securely so you only need to remember one master password.

Embrace Multi-Factor Authentication 

Adding an extra layer of security like a fingerprint scan, facial recognition, or one-time code sent to your phone makes it exponentially harder for hackers to access your accounts, even if they manage to obtain your password.

Avoid Common Password Pitfalls

Never reuse the same password across multiple accounts. Steer clear of easily guessed phrases, names, or common dictionary words. And change your important passwords periodically, especially if there's a chance an account was compromised.

Create Passphrases Instead of Passwords

Rather than a single word, string together a series of random words to create a lengthy passphrase that's easy for you to remember but hard for hackers to crack. For example: TelevisionBuickPodcastGoldfish

Improving your password practices is one of the easiest steps you can take to protect your personal information, so celebrate World Password Day by upgrading your passwords!   

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