With all the talk about online security lately, it raises the question about passwords again. How do we make ourselves “safer” online? What can we do to make sure we are “safer?”
A recent report was released by splashdata.com listing what the most common passwords were for 2014. With us being well into the year 2015, I think that is important that we address password security one more time. Evidently this dead horse is not really dead yet. The report was entitled: ‘ “123456” Maintains the Top Spot on SplashData’s Annual “Worst Passwords” List. ‘
This post will be pertinent to anyone that has more than 1 account online. Since I know that many of us have at least 3 different online accounts of some sort, this applies to all of us.
- Use a unique password with each account.
- Use a password that is a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Use a password that includes numbers.
- Use a password that is 8-15 characters long. Pay attention to the length allowed by various accounts. Use the maximum.
This is just the beginning of password complexity basics.
I understand that this can cause problems for many people when it comes to remembering passwords. I know. I forget mine from time to time. I will confess to forgetting one while I was teaching a class just a few days ago. That was kind of embarrassing, actually.
How do I solve this problem? I use a password manager. It is that simple.
There are a lot of them out there. Some are prettier than others to look at. The one I use is not all that glorious to look at. It gets the job done, however. I’ve tried several and I keep coming back to this one due to its functionality.
DataVault Password Manager is available for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and Blackberry. It allows you to synch between the devices.
Oh and it has a password generator built into it if you need help coming up with a password.
If you prefer another option…I have not personally used this password manger.
It appears to be fairly flexible and synchs across devices as well. It has a free version for 1 device. It is $1.99 per month for their basic service or $19.99 per year (a savings of 2 months).
As you can see there are options out there to help you keep all your passwords (and other online data) organized even if you are on the go. There is no excuse for not having secure passwords.