This is part of a running commentary series for #WorldPasswordDay 2021.
Each year on the first Thursday in May, World Password Day strives to encourage users to elevate their password security strategy.
We heard from cybersecurity experts on what strong password security looks like and what the future of passwords holds. Ed Williams, Director at Trustwave SpiderLabs:
“We use passwords for one reason and one reason only, to protect ourselves, our data and our information. So why are we still so bad at them?
With the sheer number of services we all use daily, I definitely think there is a tendency to be lazy when it comes to passwords. And our own previous research would support that, highlighting words such as P@ssword1 as the most commonly used password, as well as finding people neglecting the use of special characters or using the exact same passwordfor every account they have.
Despite passwords being so simple, there’s still a lot of education to be done. For example, did you know that a password made up of eight characters takes an average of one day to crack, whereas one with 10 characters would take an average of 591 days? That’s just two more taps of the keyboard and you’ve enhanced your security by 591%.
As humans, we struggle with randomness and all too often use guessable patterns when creating passwords, be it a base word, a year appended to the end, or character substitution, e.g. ‘Dr@gon2021’.
Passwords may not seem like much compared with other impressive security solutions or tools, but a well-thought-out password really could make the difference between your data and that of your organization, being vulnerable or secure. Why not use today as a reminder to check your password security and make the life of a hacker more difficult?”