Ok, so we probably all know about Password Etiquette – but let’s start off with a little reminder:
Password Do’s and Don’ts
Passwords should be:
1) Non-guessable (no, not your pet’s name!)
2) Unique (don’t reuse your passwords!)
4) Upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols
3) Maximum number of digits (the more the merrier…)
5) Changed regularly
But, if most of us know about secure passwords, why are the most common ones still “password” or “123456”?
Most likely, because you need to be able to remember your passwords – but we aren’t all Masterminds.
So, how do you remember your unique, secure passwords for your 30+ logins to banks, social media and online shopping?
If you cannot remember all your passwords, you could write them down on a piece of paper or invent some kind of system or code with notebooks and so on and hide it. But that is a big hassle and that’s why “Password Managers” exist:
Password Managers keep all your passwords in a vault that you can access with just ONE master password. So you can have them online and on your phone and just need ONE master password to unlock them all! Most password managers also act as a form filler in a browser, help generate unique passwords for you and work across devices (i.e. on your desktop AND on your mobile phone).
The most commonly used password managers are:
Roboform, Keeper, LastPass, Dashlane, True Key, 1Password as well as some offline ones like Enpass, Keepass and many more.
Which one you choose is up to you, but it’s worth checking your choice for its reputation, whether it uses encryption (yes please) and stores the masterpassword (definite no no) and has two-factor-authentication.
But what if someone hacks your password manager?
Well, yes, then you literally have ALL of your passwords stolen in one go. Is it likely? Not really. It’s much more likely that your insecure (but memorable) passwords are hacked. But would I save my banking passwords in a password manager, probably not.
Remember every chain is as strong as its weakest link, so make sure this master password is very secure and change it often.
There is no system that is 100% secure, but it’s similar to your house security – you lock your door and close your windows tightly shut, add a security system (or a dog) and hope that a burglar will find an easier target!
Have PC Harmony, so you can get on with the more important things in life!