By now we should all know what your password is. The problem is we all have a different definition on what a very secure password really is. In recent studies the most popular is still 12345. So it really seems that we still don’t know how to use these or even to create them.
How many of you use a different one for each account? And how strong is that password? Unless you are using some type of manager there is no way you can remember all of your strong passwords. But that’s not a problem you say, you have written down all of yours and that’s how you remember them. Or maybe you store them in your smart phone in some kind of a text file. If this is the case you might as well not have a password at all.
So what does make a strong password:
* It should be 12 to 14 characters long
* It should not contain any dictionary words
* It should contain upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols
* The numbers and letters should be completely random
* Remember to use the password only one time
So now that you know what a strong one is, there really is only one way to store and remember them and that’s by using a password manager. A simple Internet search should come back with a listing that you could use to find one. I personally use DashLane which has proven very good on all my devices. When using a password manager, you only have to remember one password that is your master password. This password allows you access to all your other passwords. If you forget your master password all of your other passwords could be lost forever. Passport manager companies claim they do not store your master password. All of your passwords are encrypted with high level encryption software. Most good password managers will also generate strong passwords.
It seems like every day now we hear about another business getting hacked and your information being stolen. A strong non-repeated password is your best defense. If you hear that a retailer or store that you have done business with either in person or online and paid with a credit card gets hacked, you should immediately change your password for that store.
Passwords are a weak defense but for now it’s the only defense we have for protection.