How Good Are Your Passwords

Passwords, Passwords and Yet More Passwords

In today’s online world it sometimes seems as though everything we do needs a password.     Want to use your computer?   Enter your password.  You’re on your device and now you want to access your bank account, credit card information, broker account, HR system, and the list goes on.  More passwords.

Secure Passwords

While it is tempting to use the same password everywhere, that is not a good idea.  If anyone finds out that password, all your accounts are at risk and all your passwords will need to be changed.   Ok, ok I know it’s a pain to try to remember a bunch of passwords, especially if they are good ones.   By a good one, I mean one that is at least 8 characters long, 12 is better.   Your password should contain UPPER case, lower case, numbers and special characters like *$&@#!.   Hint: do not use actual words found in ANY language.

Don’t feel you need to remember them all.  Use a password vault to secure them and then just remember the password needed to access the vault.  There are lots of them out there:  Keeper, AnyPass1Password and LastPass to name a few.  These tools can generate good password for you,  then they will store them in encrypted databases.  In most cases, they automatically fill in the login forms for you.  But you still need to remember two passwords the one to log onto your compute and the one to open your password vault.  Don’t cheat on them;  make sure they are goods one as well.

One trick to use for good passwords is to make a sentence and condense it.  For example:

“I have 1 dog 2 cats 1 son and 2 daughters at home!”  which would condense to “Ih1d2c1s&2d@h!” this make a very secure password yet one that is easy to remember.

What About Your Mobile Devices

While you’re at it, don’t forget to put passwords on your mobile devices as well to keep them secure.  Wait, you say you don’t use passwords on your tablet or smart phone?  Did you know that one of the greatest sources of data theft is from lost or stolen laptops, tablets, and smart phones?  But that is story for another day.