Why Changing Your Passwords Regularly Matters - National Password Day

Why Changing Your Passwords Regularly Matters - National Password Day

Jan 31, 2024
by jessicadunbar

Let's talk numbers and why they matter in the world of online security. Did you know that in 2022 alone, a staggering 24 billion passwords were exposed by hackers? That's a lot of keys to a lot of doors in the digital universe!

More Scary Stats

of individuals haven’t changed their Wi-Fi password since the day they set it up.
of individuals use their pet’s name in their passwords
of the most common passwords can be cracked by hacking tools in less than one second.

And here's another jaw-dropper: Between 2017 and 2020, hackers proudly displayed 555 million stolen passwords on the dark web like trophies. It's a hacker's paradise but a nightmare for the rest of us.

But wait, it gets more serious. Poor password practices contributed to a whopping 81% of corporate data breaches. That's right, 81%! It's like leaving your front door wide open with a sign saying, "Come on in!"

Why Bother Changing Your Passwords?

Imagine this: It's National Change Your Password Day (yep, it's a thing and we are celebrating today!) – not just a day on the calendar, but a crucial call-to-action for internet users everywhere. It's about taking that simple but powerful step to update your passwords and protect your online accounts and sensitive information.

You're sipping your coffee, scrolling through your phone, and you get a reminder to update your passwords. You might roll your eyes, thinking, "Again?!" But trust me, there's a good reason for this hassle. In our digital world, where everything from your cat videos to your company's top secrets is online, keeping that info safe is like guarding a treasure. A strong, frequently updated password is like having a top-notch security system. It's not just about keeping nosy neighbors out; it's about protecting against skilled digital burglars!

Best Practices for Password Management

Complexity is a Must

Go wild with combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. The more complex, the better. Make it something even your best friend couldn't guess!Password Requirements.jpg

Update Regularly

Don't wait for National Change Your Password Day to roll around. Aim for every three to six months. Mark it on your calendar like you would a dentist appointment (and we all love those, don't we?).Change Often.jpg

Different Passwords for Different Accounts

Using the same password everywhere? Big no-no. It's like using the same key for your house, car, and office. If one gets lost, you're in trouble.

Embrace Password Managers

Struggling to remember your new, complex passwords? A reputable password manager can be your new best friend.

Activate Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

This is like adding an extra deadbolt to your door. Extra security? Yes, please!

How Concrete CMS Helps You Manage Passwords

Self-Reset for Users

Forgot your password? No sweat. Just hit the "forgot password" link on the login screen and follow the steps. Easy-peasy.Reset passord.jpg

Forced Changes in Version 9.2+

This feature is a game-changer for site security, forcing users to change passwords after set intervals.Change Often.jpg

Developer-Assisted Reset

If all else fails, developers can step in and reset passwords manually. In cases where the standard reset methods are not feasible – for instance, if the email address associated with the account is incorrect or inaccessible – developers have a manual method at their disposal. This approach involves accessing the server directly and should be used as a last resort due to its nature.

Celebrate Password Manager Day with Free Images!

As a token of celebration for Password Manager Day, I'm offering a collection of specially created images for free use. Perfect for enhancing your blogs, presentations, or social media on online security. Let's spread the word about safe digital practices with a visual flair!
Enjoy these images and happy Password Manager Day!

Remember, every day is a good day to change your password, not just on National Change Your Password Day. For Concrete CMS users, these tips are golden for keeping your digital world locked tight. Stay safe, stay secure, and maybe make your next password something fun (but complex, of course!).


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