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  • Supreme Court holds hotels liable for theft of vehicle from their parking area if parked by valet, says "owner's risk" clause is not a shield from such liability
  • Finance Minister says she is receiving feedback from many sectors that recovery is happening as there is lower stress
  • Sabarimala temple opens, but police bar the entry of women below 50 years
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India and BPCL to be sold off by March
  • Media person Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president
  • Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress postpone meeting the governor of Maharashtra
  • Shiv Sena not to attend the NDA meeting on 17th November, says break up "a formality"
  • Shiv Sena says that the confidence the BJP is showing about forming the government in Maharashtra is based purely on its expectation of getting numbers through horse trading
  • Anil Ambani resigns as director of the bankrupt Reliance Communications
  • India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 150 rums inside three days in the first Test. Indian pacers excel after Mayank Agarwal's double century
  • Sena-NCP-Congress work out a common minimum programme, will form the government soon and it will last 5 years, says Sharad Pawar
  • Income Tax Appellate Tribunal upholds the decision to withdraw the charitable status of Young India, making it liable to pay Rs 145 in income tax. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra are the majority shareholders in the company
  • CBI raids offices of Amnesty International across India
  • Supreme Court quashes NCLAT order against Arcelor Mittal and paves the way for the company to take over ailing Essar Steel
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says concerns of telcos will be addressed and no company will close down
Supreme Court dismisses plea for review in Rafale case, says no need for roving inquiry, maintains clean chit to government
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Password Day: Need to Secure Accounts

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Despite extensively using the internet on multiple devices, having dozens of accounts and accessing scores of apps, I was unaware that a World Password Day was celebrated each year on the first Thursday in May. This year it fell on May 5. I came to know about it when my web host sent me a mail on that day asking me to make my passwords stronger to further secure my accounts. This led me to play sleuth on Google and I discovered that there is a website by the name www.passwordday.org. There are several other related sites that provide excellent information and create awareness about the need for netizens to secure their information on the internet.

With more services and processes going online and with India making rapid strides towards being a cashless society, the problem of remembering multiple passwords is going to become worse in the near future. But with data thieves, hackers and virtual criminals making a beeline for fleecing unsuspecting netizens, the need for having stronger passwords and other layers of added security can no longer be ignored.

The first basic requirement to secure any online account is to have a very strong password, one that is at least 8 characters in length and includes letters, numbers and special characters. This password needs to be memorized and not stored on any of your devices or written down anywhere. The next requirement is to change this password frequently, maybe every month if you are a heavy user or every three months if you use accounts sparingly. The next line of defence is to have a second factor authentication. This can take the form of an OTP received on your mobile device, a finger print authentication or a hint question you need to answer. In credit card payments, this usually means you have to provide a second password, like in Verified by Visa. While all this can be highly confusing, there is definitely a pressing need to adhere to it to protect your accounts. Some browsers and apps also provide the facility to store all your passwords and then they can be accessed by using just one password for that app. This can be used by people who find memorizing – and then frequently changing and memorizing again – difficult.

It will be very useful to all those who use the net extensively to go though several websites that guide you in this regard. A start can be made from passwordday.org.