Sunday, October 4, 2020

NCSAM 2020: Is it that time of year again already?

Okay, I'll be honest. I actually wrote this last year. I had a fit of inspiration, and I wanted to commit to doing this series more frequently, more than just the three years out of nine that I've done this, celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the easiest way to do that is just to write out all the posts ahead of time.

Technology may grow and change in ways that we don't always expect, even on the scale of days or hours, but the basics of security and human nature are pretty immutable; they change over millennia, if they even change at all. Not over the span over a single year.

But I do this because I really do believe that this is important. Instead of telling you this year that it's time again to change your passwords, this time I'm going to ask.

How often do you change your password? And I'm not just talking about any old account. I'm sure everyone reading this (including you little web-crawler bots, hi, I see you too) has plenty of minor accounts lying around that you don't really think about, and that you probably don't even use that often.

No. I'm asking about your primary email account. The one that's connected to your bank accounts, your credit cards, your best friends, and possibly even your utility bills. The one you've had since ages ago and you can't even imagine what would happen if you lost access to it.

Yes, that account.

How often do you change that password?