World Password Day

Tomorrow is World Password Day.  WPD is observed on the first Thursday of May.  So today would be a great day to take your passwords out to Valley Fair or a movie – wait a minute, that’s silly.  You only can do that if you have all your password in a spiral notebook.

  • It would be a good day for signing up for a password manager program such as LastPass.
  • Or adding Google Authenticator to your smartphone
  • And setting up two-factor authentication for your
    • email accounts,
    • bank and financial accounts,
    • cell phone service account,
    • Facebook, Twitter, and other social network accounts,
    • Amazon and other online retail accounts.
  • It would be a great day to increase your password length to 12 characters.
  • It would be a great day to convert your most important accounts to a 20 character randomly generated password (using a LastPass feature).

So take a few minutes today to take your passwords outside to play, and to show your passwords some love.

And enjoy the video.

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