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May 07 2014, 18:48 IST
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McAfee, part of Intel Security along with its partners today on the eve of World Password Day has launched Passwordday.org - an educative portal for consumers across the world.

This Intel Security powered portal educates users on how to secure and strengthen password as well as guide them how to protect personal data on the internet.

In the wake of recent high-profile data breaches, its important now more than ever for users to be vigilant about strengthening and changing their passwords to protect their personal information.

Last year, over 170 organizations supported World Password Day by sharing password safety messages. Over a million passwords were assessed and 32,000 people took the pledge to strengthen their passwords.

This year, McAfee along with Dell, Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, Terra, UOL, CCE, Windstream, Positivo InformŠtica's Digital Business Area and others are encouraging users once again to take the time to educate themselves about password safety and become proactive in securing their personal information. To accompany World Password Day, consumers can now visit Passwordday.org to learn more about password safety. The site includes features such as, a password blaster web video game, password strength meter, McAfeeís Heartbleed bug checker tool, animated educational slideshow, tips and tricks for upgrading passwords, and the Official World Password Day pledge.

ďSecurity breaches large and small are becoming rampant across the world, so consumers need to be aware of just how important it is to use multiple strong passwords. Our goal this World Password Day is to educate consumers on ways they can proactively protect their identities, and other personal information and assets, through a series of simple steps,Ē said Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer, McAfee.

Simple tips for password protection:

*Choose length vs. complexity (use 14+ characters)

*Use a password manager

*Change passwords regularly

*Use different passwords for bank, email and other sites

*Use case-sensitive alphanumerics

*Donít use any dates or facts that can be found online

*Donít text, email or casually share your passwords

*Donít use simple passwords (123456, password, qwerty, etc.)

*Donít use one word passwords

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