This week is’ Choose’ Privacy Week. To celebrate I wanted to write a post about passwords.
First, how many of you use the same password for every site you log into? Do you have the same user name as well?
I know often times we hear IT and other computer professionals tell us to never use the same password, but in reality we are often over worked, and have more important things to do with our brain cells than memorize a bunch of silly passwords (like memorize a bunch of book titles) Right?
I used to feel the same way until I read a blog post about how easy it is to guess one’s password.’ Follow the link to see how easy your password is to hack, and then check back here for tips to make your password more secure.
One of the simplest tricks I’ve heard is to establish a base password like “password” that you memorize, then add something for each site you visit. For example if you set up a password for Google you can use “passwordg”* or “googlepassword”* Making each password you set up unique, but still memorable.’ Since most websites require you to use a combination of letters and numbers you might consider including these elements in your password base. *Note Password is just an example and not a very good choice for a password base
Another tip is to use a passcard to create a truly random and secure password. This is ideal for passwords that protect sensitive information like your online banking profile, or library’s personell files. You generate a unique grid of random letters and digits that you can print out and carry in your wallet.’ To create a password, select a pattern and copy the letters and numbers from the the card as your password. This is more secure than just writing down the password, because hackers/snoops who see the card would still have about 10,000 password options to choose from the card, and they probably won’t readily know your user name.
If you want to be extremely secure, or are extremely forgetful you can use a password management add-on for your browser. Its recommended that you use a password to protect all your stored passwords, and make the password to the management software separate and unique from one your normally use to prevent it from being easily hacked.
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Lastly you can use GRC Perfect Passwords to create a 256 bit password, and store it in a password manager, for the most secure password.
Do you have any tips to share to keep your information secure?