The first password was developed in 1961. In 1962 the first password related security breach occurred.

When we’re online passwords are often considered an onerous chore. We often neglect or overthink them entirely.

72 percent of Americans believe their accounts are secure with only usernames and passwords, yet every two seconds there is another victim of identity fraud.  Like most aspects of cybersecurity, passwords are necessary, but often imperfect.

The reality, your usernames and passwords are not sufficient.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the Salt Lake Chamber is joining the Department of Homeland Security’s STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™  Campaign and its partners across the nation to highlight the importance of cybersecurity.

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ has launched the Lock Down Your Login  campaign encouraging strong authentication measures and increase awareness of our individual responsibility in cybersecurity.

Lock Down Your Login is pressing for stronger authentication with protectons like biometrics, or camera and fingerprint technology, security keys, USB devices that plug into your device when logging in, and one-time login codes.

Human error is a fundamental vulnerability. Passwords are embedded in our web culture and despite their inconvenience, they are a critical first step for protection. Lock Down Your Login provides instructions and resources to authenticate the accounts on your most popularly visited websites.

Currently, 73 percent of Americans go online on a daily basis. Ultimately, if we continue this trend we have to accept certain sacrifices of convenience for safety. This October we encourage you practice online vigilance and take steps towards locking down your login.

As an official partner of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Campaign, the Chamber will be providing resources and information during National Cybersecurity Awareness month to encourage Utah’s business community to become more cybersecure. Learn more how to get involved by visiting Stop.Think.Connect.org and stay connected with the Chamber for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month  HERE