When was the last time you changed your password? How many passwords would you have to change if you decided to change your password? If you work in an office that requires you to change your password, do you change your personal passwords at the same time?
We constantly hear that changing passwords is a good idea. If you are like me, however, I dread the thought of changing my personal passwords on all the websites and accounts that I have. But taking the time to change your passwords on a regular schedule can save you major hassle and headaches later on. And as the world become more integrated online and information is shared, your personal security should be on the top of your list, even if it seems that every website, app, and account requires a different criteria for their passwords
I utilize a few tools when it comes to password management. These are the ones I have personally used, though a quick Internet search can come up with many more options and tools.
When I need to create a unique password, I like to use a Password Generator. Password generators come up with a password that is virtually unique and difficult to guess. I like Norton Identity Safe Password Generator athttps://identitysafe.norton.com/password-generator/
Though I don’t use this tool any longer, if you have trouble remembering passwords and the locations you need passwords, LastPass is a fantastic tool for password management. https://lastpass.com/. And if you would like a few more options, you can take a look at the PC Magazine post about the “The Best Password Managers for 2015” –http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407168,00.asp
And if you insist on making up your own password so that you don’t have to rely on third party apps and websites, here are a few tips you should follow:
- The password should be at least 8 to 12 characters long
- Make sure it does not contain a name or location that others can associate with you , such as a child’s or pet’s name or place you grew up
- For that matter, make sure you don’t use full words at all in your new password
- Use a variety of upper case, lower case, numbers, and special characters whenever possible and permitted by the website, app, or service.
- Don’t use a new password this is similar to previous ones
When it comes to changing your password, a few extra minutes a few times a year can keep you from dealing with stolen money, identity, and breeches in privacy. So make your list of devices, accounts, websites, programs, apps, services, etc. and make it a habit to change your passwords regularly, just like changing your smoke alarm batteries when Daylight Savings Time changes.
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