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Why All Users Should Change Passwords Today

February 01, 2019 / Kacy Zurkus

February 1 is change your password day, an annual “holiday” established back in 2012, according to a blog post from Gizmodo, as a way to get a wide collection of end users to change their passwords together. Over the course of the past seven years, though, passwords have continued to create enormous risks to enterprise security, with many users either crafting weak passwords or reusing passwords across multiple accounts. According to a LastPass survey, 39% of consumers never change their password unless it is required. In all likelihood, people don’t change their passwords because the average user has nearly 200 accounts to keep track of, which makes changing passwords every month or quarter unrealistic, according to LastPass. “It will take some time to upload your credentials into the password manager, but invest the time and use the password generator function to create complex, new passwords for your accounts. Using a passphrase with a combination of complex ...