World Password Day
World Password Day:
The World Password Day is set on the first Thursday of the month of May as a means for promoting better habits of password setting. Passwords are an integral security measure for one’s online/digital identity and make it possible for private access to several online services.
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Emergency Medical Services For Children Day
National Third Shift Workers Day
Why World Password Day?
This auspicious day is set aside to help anyone who has an online presence to enjoy the services that they seek privately. Passwords are normally unique to one person and ensure that there is no unauthorized access to your digital platform or account. Serving as gatekeepers for all digital identities, passwords ensure that you are able to shop online, use dating sites, employ internet banking services, enjoy social media, perform your own private work and even send and receive information.
Because we are currently living in a digital era, it is imperative to have a secure password for your own privacy. The security of a password is measured in terms of strength, which is why people normally integrate a mix of characters to make it harder for anyone to guess or memorize and access their accounts.
It is important to have a password that is long, unique, and a little bit technical or complex as a means to protecting your valuable information from unauthorized hands or access. Another tactic normally used by people is to change their password after every predetermined time, say a month, two, or three months.
Any time you feel or suspect that your account has been hacked or accessed without your knowledge and permission, it is advisable that you are quick to change it and even set up multi-factor authentication.
How we can observe World Password Day:
There are many ways through which we can observe or celebrate the World Password Day. This includes:
- Set up or change your password
One of the most significant days to observe this auspicious day is by resetting your password yourself. In doing so, you will be doing what the day commands, while at the same time upscaling the level of security of that particular platform for whose password you will be changing the same gospel you will be preaching. Certainly, this will go a long way in ensuring that the auspicious day is upheld, especially because you will also inspire those around you to do the same and be conscious of their digital presence.
- Post on social media
Another way to observe this remarkable day is by posting on social media using the handle #WorldPasswordDay and making sure that this goes on as many social media platforms as possible. Doing so will not only add volume to the campaign but also ensure that it reaches a very wide audience.
- Organize a team to educate people on how to set up strong passwords
Another way to observe this day is by organizing with friends to teach people within your city or locality about the importance of a strong password and even go ahead to show them how to make a password strong and impenetrable.
- Organize a campaign
You can also organize a campaign in honor of the World Password Day. To do so, you can print a banner or flyers and have your shirt branded to create awareness to this day. The campaign can be a one-man army or possibly have your friends support you and what you are campaigning for. The best places to visit with this peaceful demonstration include busy roads, markets, malls, and schools among other populated areas.
Interesting facts about World Password Day:
Some of the most interesting facts about this day include:
- 1961 marked the year when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created the computer password. This made it possible for multiple people to use a shared computer system.
- In 1976, Public-key cryptography was created to enable users to authenticate each other without exchanging a cryptographic key.
- A study done by Morris and Thompson in 1978 demonstrated that it is easier to guess passwords through personal information than it is to decipher them.
- 1986 marked the year when the two-Factor Authentication was adopted.
History of World Password Day:
The history of this day traces back to Mark Burnett, as he was the first person to celebrate this day. Mark wrote a book called Perfect passwords. The history is also associated with Intel Security as they were the ones who declared this day.