May 5th is global World Password Day which aims to promote good password habits. According to Intel, Australians have an average of 26 different personal and business-related accounts that use passwords. That's a lot of passwords to remember. The vendor has some tips on how stay on top of your password security.
Photo by automobileitalia.
As part of World Password Day, Intel conducted a survey in April, of which 521 respondents were Australian, to find out about people's password habits and made some concerning findings:
- Australians have an average of 26 different personal and business-related accounts that require a password
- 33 per cent of Australians forget a password at least once a week
- 68 per cent of Australians don't know what multi-factor authentication is
- 20 per cent of Australians have regretted sharing a password with a family member or friend in the past
- 53 per cent of Australians would prefer to use thumbprint recognition and 20 per cent would prefer to use an eye scanner to login into their accounts instead of the traditional password
According to Intel Security head of consumer marketing and online Melanie Duca:
"With ransomware and malware attacks continuing to grow, password security plays a huge part in helping us stay protected online. Individuals need to prioritise their digital safety and security by using services such as password managers and multi-factor authentication. These tools are there to help with the daily challenge of trying to remember several passwords."
Intel has some tips on how to ensure your passwords are secure:
- Use unique passwords for every account
- Change your passwords regularly
- Stop using one word passwords
- Lock your mobile with a PIN or password
- Let a manager memorise your passwords
- Enable multi-factor authentication
You can find out more about World Password Day over at the event's official website.