- Overwhelmed by passwords that you have to remember?
- Difficulty remembering your username and password for Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, JIng, Dropbox… the list goes on?
- Do you use either one password or a group of passwords for all of our major accounts. Don't do that. That’s dangerous.
It doesn’t matter if the individual password is unique, or if it’s a long mix of numbers and letters; if you only use one password it won’t matter. When one account is compromised, all of your accounts will likely follow.
The main reason people reuse passwords is that keeping track of many different usernames and passwords is difficult, in fact it’s potentially impossible. You don’t want to use the same password with all of your online accounts, but it is also impossible for you to remember hundreds of passwords. So what should you do? I suggest two (i) Use a password program, (ii) Develop a method for creating passwords.
Password programs (for Mac & PC): I recommend 1Password
I use 1Password on My macs, PCs, iPad and iPhone. It syncs online and remembers all my passwords. It also creates seriously difficult passwords for me that I do NOT have to remember. Then when I need to log in online, I simply log into 1Password using my master password. It then automatically fills in the username/password for me. See this Youtube for 1 Password. Although the YouTube video is a few years old, it still explains how it works. 1 Password costs about 50 US dollars. There are also many other similar tools which you can view here: Password Management Software
Generating your own passwords
Keep two rules in mind when generating you own passwords: Length and Complexity. Let’s start by using the following 'swinglish' sentence: "My favourite time of the year is vårvinter" Let’s turn this phrase into a password. Take the first letter from each word: MftotyiVV Now, I'll add a significant year for me: 1984 (which is when I first came to Sweden), and one or two symbols (in this case, -! )
I now have MftotyiVV-1984!
This then is my basic pattern - which I can vary for if needed- Importantly, I am not going to use the same password for all my different online accounts. So, now I will adjust them gMail, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc
- GMftotyiVV-1984!M (for Gmail)
- FMftotyiVV-1984!B (for Facebook)
- LMftotyiVV-1984!I (for LinkedIn)
It sucks being hacked. So make it harder for the hacker. Deal with your passwords sooner rather than later !!