I know that we all hate having different passwords for everything. It’s annoying and cumbersome. And it leads you to want to write them down somewhere insecure, which again is inconvenient in the least. However, sharing the same password for all your accounts can be very annoying as well. If one is hacked and you share that password with 15 other sites and the same email address, you need to go change all of those accounts. One of the largest and simplest fixes is to use passphrases instead of passwords, we’ll talk about that in a minute. This is why I recommend using a password manager.
I highly recommend using a password manager like Dashlane, LastPass, Roboform, etc.. (Let’s first start by stating that none of these companies have paid me anything to promote them). Most of them come with a free version or you can pay for an upgrade in service. These all come with password generators so you don’t even have to make the password. Save the password to your account and then the next time you visit a site it logs you in automatically. For a comparison of password managers from PC Mag click here. Password managers make life easier, in the long run, however, I will admit that at the beginning, when you first sign up and install their software, it starts asking to save every password for every site, gets bit annoying. But once I got past that, it has been one of the greatest things I’ve done.
It now creates all of my passwords, I have it set at the highest settings which are 28 characters of pure randomness. I’ll never type a password in but you can copy and paste if you have to. (in case you’re wondering I use Dashlane Premium).
Note: If you’re a very mobile user, you’ll want to read into how these services work on mobile devices such as phones and tablets. They work quite differently on mobile devices than they do on desktop or laptop computers.
OK, so you hate this…
If you don’t want to use a password manager like I mentioned above. You should at the very least switch to using passphrases instead of passwords, as well as have different passwords for each site. So what this means is that your password should be at least 12 or more characters long. This might sound daunting but hear me out. All you have to do is take three or four words and put them together, add a number and a capital letter in there somewhere and you’re set. So it could be: “blueTelephonestapler12”. See that’s not bad, and they’re much easier to remember than “6#T0nPEA&”.
Be safe out there everyone. Update your computers, make sure you have a good antivirus and as always if you have any questions. Feel free to reach out, we would love to help you with your technology.