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May the Fourth Be With You on Password Day!

May 4, 2017

Become a force to be reckoned with this May the Fourth with a strong password that works behind the scenes of your accounts.

Password Day 2017

May the fourth is quickly approaching. This exciting day marks when the world’s attention turns to celebrating an iconic movie series that has generated a following spanning over 30 years. On May 4th, the world will celebrate Star Wars Day in various ways. These include dressing up as their favorite character, creating tasty treats that depict iconic scenes, binge-watching the series, and numerous other creative ways of paying homage to the Star Wars movie franchise. People of all ages and who live worldwide will do their best to live up to the Star Wars Day slogan of “May the Fourth Be With You!”

There’s Another Reason to Celebrate That Day, Too

Star Wars Day is not the only important event on May 4th, though. That day has been designated as World Password Day 2017. It marks the day that you can join thousands of people and organizations across the globe as they take a pledge on social media to improve their password habits. Industry giants like Intel, Dell, Lenovo, TeleSign, BBB, and more support World Password Day and propel people to embrace its initiatives.

Active Internet Security Involves More Than Just Passwords

Maintaining your security online is vital to protecting everything important to you. Whether it’s your social media accounts, email or bank account, ensuring that your information is secure and private is vital to protecting everything from your job and your money to your reputation and relationships. Unlike in the past, though, a strong password is only the starting point in staying secure online.

Step One: Create a Strong Password

After you create a strong password — or even a passphrase as suggested by the Password Day website — you’ll need to move on to the other three steps to secure your online existence fully.

Step Two: Create Different Passwords

It would help to create a different password for every site you visit. A useful analogy to help you realize the dangers of using the same password everywhere you visit online is the damage that can be done to your life if it takes only one key to open your front door, your safe, your bank, and your car. The criminals who steal passwords use them to get into websites of all types — often with a large success because people use the same password in multiple places.

Step Three: Find a Password Manager

To facilitate quick access to your sites, you need a good password manager that stores all your passwords safely and securely. A master password is required for you to access your password manager. Because the master password is only recognized from a registered device, it’s hard for someone to log on from an unknown device.

Step Four: Add Multi-Factor Authentication

Chances are, you’ve already been using — or at least been exposed to — multi-factor authentication without knowing its fancy name. Using a fingerprint reader to unlock your phone and having a secret code texted to you before you could access account information for an account whose password you’d forgotten are just a couple of ways that your true identity is verified to protect your information.

Combined, these four steps help you build a more secure online presence. This World Password Day, adopt measures to put the force of a strong password behind you so you can surf the web knowing that your accounts and their information won’t be compromised.

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