How often do you change the passwords to the various websites you use online? There is your WordPress password, your Amazon password, your email password, your banking password, your router password, the password you use for Facebook and the countless other sites.
It can be a daunting task to keep up with everything and even worse, your are expected to not only use a unique password for every single site you use online but also change them at least once every 6 months.
How in the world can any one person keep up with so many passwords? Because I do a lot online I have hundreds that I have to keep track of, but even an average person has quite the list. When I helped my mother setup her system she ended up having 29 different passwords she needed to keep track. So what did she do? She just used the same password on every site. Security tells us that is a big mistake and a nightmare waiting to happen.
If Wal-Mart gets hacked and you use the same password at every other site that you did at Wal-Mart they now have your password to everything.
So what can you do?
Well don’t worry, I actually have a solution for you that will make your life so much easier!
Yes that is a picture of an old school rolodex and no I haven’t lost my mind. It turns out that these old school phone books are absolutely perfect for keeping track of all of your passwords.
File everything alphabetically by the site name in question. For example if you bank at Chase bank, then file your log in details under (C) for Chase and you file your log in details for your Amazon account under (A) for Amazon.
Could it get any easier than that?
Now that you have a way to easily keep track of all of your passwords it is important that you start using secure and different passwords for every single site.
A good password does not use any person’s name or any word in the dictionary. It also uses a combination of letters and numbers and includes at least one capital letter. Some people even suggest using an unusual character like the @ or #.
So instead of using the password iloveyou123 you could change it up a bit and make it Iluvy@U312.
Okay maybe not the best password but it uses but upper and lower case letters, numbers and an unusual character.
My mother was a fan of using the password cowboys as she is a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Not anymore, thank goodness, now that I’ve taught her the rolodex system …. But how could we change that to make it more secure? C#wbyZ288
The great thing about using a rolodex to file away your passwords is that now you can use just crazy completely random passwords which are far more secure. Because if you forget what it is, you can easily just reference the card filed away alphabetically in your rolodex.
What’s an amazing password?
Well there is no password that is perfect. But the longest ones are always best. Length is always better than complexity. The longer your password is, the harder it will be for a person to hack.
So a great password will be as long as they allow you to make it. I sometimes use 16 characters in my passwords. Here is a sample random but still quite secure password. Notice it uses all the things experts tell us is great about a password – it’s long, and complex. It doesn’t include any name, place or thing and no words from the dictionary. It includes both upper and lower case letters, numbers and unusual symbols.
Now the hard part is remembering you need to change your password for every site you use at least once every 6 months. I know that can be annoying but honestly it’s the only way to truly be sure you are safe.