Change Your Password Day is a reminder to everyone to change all your passwords at least once a year. If you’re like most people then you probably have a lot of passwords for a lot of different accounts. That makes changing your passwords a really daunting task. Even remembering all of the websites you have accounts for can take hours. But regardless of the difficulty, changing your passwords is an incredibly important task. If a website that you have an account on gets hacked the hackers might be able to access other accounts that use the same password. So we need a special day set aside to dedicate to changing our passwords or we might never get it done. On February 1st you can make yourself feel better about the task at hand by remembering that you are not alone. Everyone can do it together!
Psst What's The Password?
Passwords have been around longer than what one might expect. Passwords have been around since the Romans, and even before then as well. However, we have to ask when was the first computer password invented? Well lucky for you, the first computer password was invented in 1961 at the Massachusetts Institute of technology. This was done through the researchers who built a time-sharing computer called CTSS, used to give individual users a private space for their files.
However, it is seen that passwords back then were rather easy to break through. Over time passwords have developed into an increasingly easy point for hackers to get through, thus changing your passwords regularly deters hackers from getting into your account. Seemingly back then, passwords were a straightforward-common-sense move to make to allow private files to individuals to be private. Passwords having been a part of our history has allowed us to keep certain things secret over time, thus we are only open to invent our own passwords to keep our files safe from harm.
Why should I need a password in the first place?
Passwords have been used throughout history to either protect precious things or even give access to some kind of awesome resource. It can be said to be in our best interest to use passwords in order to maintain those same things to ourselves. Such as social media accounts, bank accounts, even video game accounts. Without a proper password to lock your precious resources, you can find yourself in a dangerous situation of getting those things tampered with or even stolen. How is a password able to lock my things up nice and safe from harm? The answer is the simple log of the particular platform you are using, much like the CTSS used back in 1961, there are things used to hold all of the data and files belonging to you. Your account is what holds your data, by putting a password it prevents the files from being public and more private.
So now that we know what and why we should have a password, it only gives the question - Why Change Your Password Day? The answer to that is simple, what good safe or vault ever kept a single password and was never broken into? By changing your password on February 1st, you are adding more security to your account, making matters for the survivability of your data and files to be maximized.