World Password Day is celebrated on the first Thursday of May each year to raise awareness about the importance of strong passwords and good password hygiene. Here are some fun facts for World Password Day:
According to a study by SplashData, which analyzed over 5 million leaked passwords in 2020, the top three most commonly used passwords were “123456,” “123456789,” and “picture1.”
The average person has 70-80 passwords.
It is estimated that over 80% of data breaches are caused by weak passwords.
The longest password ever recorded was 191 characters long!
In 2012, a man changed his name to “Mark Zuckerberg” in order to avoid having his Facebook account blocked due to a fake name. He also used “dadada” as his password.
The first password was used in 1961 on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Compatible Time-Sharing System.
Some people use password managers to generate and store their passwords securely.
A “passphrase” is a longer, more complex password made up of multiple words or phrases strung together. They can be easier to remember and more secure than traditional passwords.
Many websites and apps now offer two-factor authentication, which requires users to provide a second form of identification (such as a code sent to their phone) in addition to their password. This makes it harder for hackers to access accounts even if they know the password.