Change Your Password Day is an American holiday designed to remind people of the importance of changing passwords. Celebrated on February 1st. Today, many things in our lives are marked “online”: we communicate with colleagues and friends through social networks, use Internet banking services, buy and sell online, and much more. It is important to be able to protect yourself from hacking and data leakage, which is what strong passwords allow you to do.
The history of the celebration of Change Your Password Day is associated with the name of Matt Buchanan. His accounts were hacked twice, and therefore he decided to establish a holiday, which is designed to draw the attention of users to the importance of setting a strong password.
Passwords should be given special attention. Come up with an individual, fairly complex password for each account. The use of easy or popular passwords greatly increases the risk of being hacked, as it will not be difficult for hackers to guess it. In the combination of characters, use numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, various signs (dashes, exclamation marks, etc.). It is necessary to refuse to store a list of passwords on a computer or smartphone. It is best to write them down in a notebook and keep them on paper.
- According to statistics, about 60% of people have the same or very similar passwords, because they do not pay enough attention to inventing them.
- Of all users, only 33% change their passwords at least once a year.
- According to researchers, most cyberattacks are committed in China. More than 300 million people suffer from them every year.
How to celebrate
Check your passwords at Change Your Password Day. If many of them have not changed for several months, then come up with new ones. Get a separate notebook in which to rewrite all your passwords. Delete the list from your computer or phone, if the devices are hacked, then hackers will gain access to all your accounts.
Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask other users how often they change their passwords.
When is Change Your Password Day celebrated in 2023?
Change Your Password Day is observed on February 1 each year.