“Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.” – Clifford Stoll
How many passwords do you have? Do you keep them in your head? Do you write them down? Everyone has a different way to make up passwords and store them, but you better think about your methods because hacking is getting worse as cyber criminals devise new ways every day to get into your private accounts.
The key is organization, one of the main themes running through our product line, many of which are great for helping people stay organized. But no, you don’t want to write your passwords on a dry erase board!
Storing Passwords on Your Computer or a Flash Drive
Many people have a list on their computer with all their passwords. If that is your decision you obviously don’t want to give access to your actual computer to anyone else, but there is also the danger of hackers getting in to your computer remotely. Always make sure your virus software is running because it will usually detect any threat from out side.
Also remember that when you delete a file it goes to the recycle bin, and that should be cleared out on a regular basis.
If you store passwords on a flash drive and you plug that drive into another computer there is the possibility the passwords will wind up stored on that computer!
Online Password Storage
Many people store their passwords “in the cloud” with one of many services that promise to keep passwords secure with encrypted data systems that are very reliable, including:
1Password covers Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS, and it will set you back $5 a month or a one-time fee of $64.99.
Dashlane can remember your passwords, fill out online forms, and act as a digital wallet as well. What’s more, it’s free, though you can sign up for a premium account ($39.99/year) to get web access to your password vault and sync your login info across multiple devices. Dashlane works across Mac, Windows, all the main browsers, Android, and iOS.
Many people rely on their browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) to securely store their passwords and they do a nice job of that but remember, if someone has access to your computer or other device they may be able to access all your passwords.
Finally, if you’re going to write you passwords on a piece of paper, make sure that paper is safe. A fireproof lock box is not going too far. We have heard the harrowing stories of people who have lost passwords and been locked out of accounts permanently.
Finally, change your passwords at least every six months. Many people do it every time they change their clocks and that’s not a bad idea. But once again, stay organized. Changing your password and then losing it does no good. Choose a reliable platform for your private information and stick with it.
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