Did you know that first Thursday in May of each year is World Password Day? This year it is May
3. Now why would we need a day to remind us to change our password and/or add
additional authentication? It might be the fact that the most common password
is “123456” and the second most common is “password.”
CLICK TO TWEET: Will you change your password on World Password Day? Check out this blog from CommScope's Kris Kozamchak.
I wrote a
previous blog talking about my son wanting a YouTube channel for his
birthday. When we were setting up the channel, we had to create a password. He
was going to use the same one that he uses at school for his homework that is
connected to Google. He is already learning that everything is connected, which
can be good or bad.
For example, when I set him up on his iPad, I used my
account. He didn’t know that because we shared the same account, I could see
his every text, Facetime or app that was downloaded. Good for me, bad for him
if the app wasn’t something I approved or he was texting too late at night.
A study of Gen
Z by CommScope reveals that there will continue to be an increase in
devices and social media. But with this increase, things like changing
passwords may get overlooked. I’m not sure this is of concern to Gen Z since
two-thirds think the age of privacy is over and nothing you do online is
private. However, we do need a day to remind us that a core piece of who we
are, our identity, can be stolen very easily if we are not careful with our
So today, I will change a few of my passwords and keep my
identity and data safe for a little longer. I’ll also take some gingko biloba
to help my memory in case I forget all the new ones I create. Will you be
making some changes today?