‘Password Day’ Means Change Your Password

Last week on Tuesday it was “Password Day,” and security vendors were out and about encouraging everyone to change your password. To remind you what Password Day means, security experts like Intel, McAfee, the Department of Homeland Security, Intego and others held a Twitter chat using hashtag #ChatSTC, providing tips and advice regarding strong password creation and memorization.

Your passwords are valuable because they are your last line of defense protecting your digital life, and identity thieves are always on the prowl looking for your secret information. If you haven’t already done so, now would be a great time to change your password for your most commonly used online accounts. This includes bank accounts, social media accounts, WordPress accounts, e-mail accounts, and any other type you access on a daily or weekly basis.

Some of you might be wondering, what’s the point of changing all of your passwords just for the sake of changing passwords? After all, you might think, isn’t it only necessary to do when hackers break into a service and compromise your password? And won’t the service or site simply reset the password for you?

Password Day Means Change Your PasswordThe thing to keep in mind is that changing your password is less about the safety of the sites you access or the password in and of itself. Changing your password today, right now, is more about limiting the possibility that someone has gotten your credentials that you nor the site you use is aware of. By changing your passwords today, you would cut off the access for possible intruders not yet known.

When you change your password, it’s important to keep it unique (for each of your accounts), strong and lengthy in characters, and of course hidden from public view. Your password needs to be secure but not hard to remember.

Need help with password ideas? Check out this fun password generating site called Passwords for the Manly Man (for entertainment purposes only). Love their slogan, “Generating passwords so strong and secure they own the night!”

In all seriousness, however, it’s best to be cautious of online password generators for they might be insecure. Sure, Passwords for the Manly Man is entertaining and fun. It even generates passwords by following the trusted approach of using multi-word phrases combined with special characters for creating the best passwords. However, sometimes it’s best to leave the dirty work for password managers.

The best password managers will include a secure password generator. This feature comes to you highly recommended, and I certainly suggest using one to change your password. For instance, the RoboForm password manager includes a password generator that let’s you create passwords up to 512 characters long for the strongest security possible.

Check it out, don’t forget to change your password, and then feel better knowing you are doing everything you can to protect your digital information!

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