It stands to reason that you should always keep your passwords to yourself and not share then with others.
However the problem is there are so many ways that thieves or hackers can obtain your passwords/login information.
The first line of defense is always going to be a virus program, if you don’t have one then forget about password protection just put up a sign that says here I am come and grab everything you want. Yeah I know I am being a bit harsh but the fact is the first line of defense is offense when it comes to the internet.
Let’s talk a little about passwords and some of the most common issues when it comes to passwords and protection of information.
The most common problem with passwords is that we tend to use the same one over and over again. As humans we like to keep things simple, so we use the same password for all our online accounts; as after all its a hassle trying to remember them.
And this is where we get into trouble… The problem with having the same password for everything is that once someone figures out your password they gain access to ALL your stuff, to them its like a super password that just opened up the glory box into your life.
The other problem which is just as dangerous is using passwords that are easy to figure out. Such as ‘password’, yes I know, there are still people using ‘password’ as their password and wonder why they get a security breach. 1234 and your name or your dog’s name or something else like that is just as silly.
I personally have different passwords for different things. My keycards for banking have their own set, online banking have completely different ones, my paypal well its completely different, and then there are website logins and they can be all sorts of different combinations. Its the only way to stay ahead of the curve and to remain silent on the web. This way if someone figures out one of my passwords they cannot use it to access the rest.
Yes I am guilty of using one password for general sites. For example: if I signup for something, a membership site, or purchase a specific product then I am guilty of using my favorite one for those things, but they are hardly worth worrying about. If someone gains access to a login for a site that I use that contains no personal information except for a product download then I don’t care, they cant get anything so go for it.
How Many Passwords Do You Have
I know without fail I have maybe 50 different passwords and or logins. Whilst I do use some of the same ones for general stuff I do have a unique password for certain sites. I do this to protect myself.
The most significant ones are for sites such as this one here at easyas, this site uses a unique username and password that is not used anywhere else, and isn’t actually a word, its a just a combination of random characters.
There is no way I am ever going to remember those types of passwords or logins, in fact apart from my banking (which is not saved anywhere, its in my head), almost all other important logins are random and I don’t remember any of them. There is no way I am going to remember something like: s54t8773*hgg%gnjdnj
When you think about it how many passwords do you have. Are you like me, do you have lots and lots, or are you using the same password for everything.
The only way to remain safe and secure on the net is to use unique usernames and passwords at all times where possible. But that’s a problem as we now have to remember them, and this is why so many people use simple passwords as they are afraid of forgetting them.
Password Security Programs
The only way to keep track of passwords and to manage them is to use software. This way you can use unique combinations of passwords all over the net and feel safe. But if you don’t have a password manager and if you don’t have a photographic memory then you most likely will end up in a world of pain at some point when you cannot login to a site.
I can recommend two different programs.. To me it doesn’t really matter which one as they both do similar things. In fact I will be honest and say that I use the first one in the list as this is the one I started using many years back. I use RoboForm as I have found it to be extremely simple and very user friendly.
With RoboForm I also have access to my passwords and login information across multiple devices. Follow me to take a look at RoboForm
LastPass is the other program that my kids and some of my business friends use. Its an equally great program so you might want to click the link and see what LastPass has to offer.
ha ha.. your on your own here… your going to have to make a choice.
The most important thins is this: Use different combinations of passwords and usernames across the net where practicable. The more messy the password (more random) the harder its going to be for someone to guess. But to be able to achieve this level of personal protection your going to have to use some sort of password manager, and its going to come down to personal preference, so why not take a look at both RoboForm and LastPass and see which one is for you.