„Change Your Password“ Day
For the 4th time the „Change Your Password“ Day was celebrated on February 1st. As “secret” and “1234” still belong to the most common passwords, this day wants to call attention to password security. The “Change our password” Day was created in 2012 by the Tech-Blogs Gizmodo and Lifehacker to promote the security of personal data. The campaign was triggered by an attack on the data base of Zappos, a US online shop, which resulted in resetting approx. 24 Mio user accounts. Unfortunately, Passwords like “123456”, “Password” or “00000” are very popular, so the campaign is still absolutely up-to-date. But a safe password is not rocket science:
- It has to consist of at least 8 characters,
- Contain upper case and lower case letters as well as additional characters, and
- Must not use user names, real names, birthday dates or information which are linked to the own person (kids, pets, etc.)
Please keep in mind, that terms from the dictionary can be decrypted quickly with a hacking tool and that you should use different passwords for different accounts, to avoid unpleasant surprises after one account was hacked. To create a secure password, which is easy to memorize, you should think of a sentence you can remember, then use the first or the last letter of each word as well as numbers, replace some letters with additional characters (e.g. a=@, I=|, etc.) and attach the abbreviation of the account provider. So you get a secure password which is easy to remember but not so easy to decrypt with a hacking tool. Those, who want to enlarge the security of their systems, can use VISULOX, which provides an integrated 2factor Authentication (2FA). In addition to user ID and password, additional protection will be achieved through the use of a further access component, the temporary code. This temporary code is generated new for each login by VISULOX, transmitted to the user and verified by the system subsequent to being entered. VISULOX doesn’t require any additional physical components and uses existing resources: mobile phone or Email system.