May the Fourth be with Your Password

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As the internet fills with Star Wars memes today, and everyone is still talking about yesterday’s Google Docs scam, it’s fortuitous that this also happens to be World Password Day.

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Dell is one of many champions for this annual first Thursday of May celebration to promote better password habits — which can be as easy as taking these four steps:

  1. Create strong passwords
  2. Use a different password for each account
  3. Get a password manager
  4. Turn on multi-factor authentication

I like to think I’m pretty good at step one, but step two… well, according to a recent study by Gigya, 70 percent of us use seven or fewer passwords across all of our online accounts. That’s a lot of room for improvement.

This year, the organizers of World Password Day are putting special focus on that fourth step, though. The call to action is for you to “#LayerUp Your Login” by enabling multi-factor authentication such as a code sent to your phone.

Another extra layer of protection that can increase the safety of your online accounts is a fingerprint. Familiar to many of us through our smart phones, fingerprint sensors are also available on our XPS 13 and XPS 15 laptops for password-free sign-in.

“As you’d expect, the fingerprint reader is fully compatible with Windows Hello, meaning you can use it as a means of securing both your PC and compatible apps,” noted Windows Central.

But even with the option to access your system this way, passwords remain critical gatekeepers to our digital identities when we access online banking, email, and social media.

So to find out if “the fourth” is with you today, go take the quiz at passwordday.org to check your security IQ!

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