If you can't remember the last time you changed your passwords, you need to stop what you're doing and listen to Betty White.
To celebrate May 5, World Password Day, America's tech-savvy sweetheart is getting real in this "Password Pep Talk."
White acknowledges she's "not usually one to play it safe," but homegirl doesn't mess around when it comes to "practicing safe sec" — security, that is.
Most people already know they should create passwords that are at least eight characters long and contain a mix of numbers, letters, and symbols. Many also know they shouldn't use the same password for every account. But not everyone knows about "the beefiest bouncer around," multi-factor authentication.
Basically, it's a second safety net to protect your online identity. If you've ever used a fingerprint reader on your phone or received a verification code text, you've used MFA.
According to the World Password Day organization, 450 million passwords were leaked from major Internet companies just last year. By "double bagging those passwords," as Ms. White puts it, you're adding an extra layer of protection, which will significantly decrease the risk of someone illegally accessing your accounts. This site even offers a comprehensive and searchable list of websites offering MFA.
Remember what Betty White always says: "You want the beat to drop, not your personal life."
Check out the hilarious video, and then change up your passwords:
Go to the World Password Day website for more information on how to practice safe security and three other epic Password Pep Talks from Betty White.