As the world observes World Password Day today, cyber security experts warn that most South African citizens and firms still don’t take password management as seriously as they should, despite the rising number of security breaches.
Observed annually on the first Thursday of May, World Password Day aims to promote better password habits. As the world becomes increasingly digital, secure passwords are critical for our data-driven online lives and serve as the gatekeepers to our digital identities, according to security experts.
While various, more convenient passwordless authentication methods are increasingly replacing passwords, experts say passwords aren’t going away any time soon – especially when used as a first line of defence against unauthorised access to a device and personal information.
History has proven that even large enterprises have fallen prey to hackers through lack of basic password hygiene.
As cyber attacks increasingly bombard local organisations, World Password Day serves as a reminder for organisations and digital citizens to take passwords seriously.