Tips On Using Passwords
I hope that you take a listen to the video in this post and really think about what you are using for passwords. There are too many hackers out on the internet these days and quite frankly, if you are using a dictionary password, you’re going to get hacked.
In fact, you probably have already been hacked on social media sites and been accused of sending out spam messages to all your friends – most of the time the message just doesn’t line up with the character of that person.
Do you use one password for everything?
55% of net users use the same password for most, if not all, websites. When will they learn?
A study by Ofcom, the UK communications watchdog, has unearthed some appalling statistics which reveal just how badly the general public treat password security.
According to Ofcom’s “Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report 2013″ report, a poll of 1805 adults aged 16 and over discovered that 55% of them used the same password for most – if not all! – websites.
Why Use Multiple Passwords?
Why does this matter? Well, imagine you are a member of websites X, Y, and Z – and you use the same password on each site. If X suffers from a data leak and their password database is accessed, or if hackers manage to work out your password for X, then the bad guys will not only have access to your X account but Y and Z as well!
If that weren’t scary enough, just over a quarter (26%) said that tend to use easy-to-remember passwords such as birthdays or people’s names, opening the door for their online accounts to be hacked into by criminals.
It’s worrying that so many people are making life so easy for cybercriminals and identity thieves when it’s actually remarkably simple to make strong password security a part of your everyday life.
In my experience, many people say that the reason they use the same password in multiple places or choose passwords that are easy to guess or crack, is because they believe it’s too difficult to remember different passwords for different websites – especially if they’re being forced to use non-dictionary words or throw some funny characters into the mix.
And you know what? They’re right.
It *is* too hard to remember lots of passwords – even if you use a system like the one I show in the following video:
That’s a great method for creating a hard-to-crack, easy-to-remember, password but it doesn’t scale if you have to remember dozens of different websites (according to the Ofcom report, the average adult claims to visit 19 different websites in a typical week. That’s 24 for men versus 14 for women, fact fans…).
And that’s why I recommend using password management software – sometimes known as a password vault – like 1Password, KeePass, and LastPass, or RoboForm.
Password management software can remember all your hard-to-crack passwords for you (they can even generate them to make sure they’re super complex), and store them securely behind one master password.
Just make sure that your master password is really strong and not one that you’ll forget (maybe use my video above to help you create one).
Take care out on the net, and fix your passwords today!
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