It’s tough to survive online without a long list of passwords and user names. Creating one that is secure and easy to remember can be a real challenge.
If you use mobile devices like a smartphone or iPad, syncing your passwords adds another layer of difficulty.
A good password manager app can be an invaluable toolthat allows you to create and securely store more complex passwords.
I use 1Password. There are many different software options available for both Macs and PCs.
First you want one that is easy to use. If it’s not easy, you won’t use it and that defeats its purpose.
Look for software that uses powerful encryption and provides bank-level security.
In addition to managing your login information many appsstore and secure other types of information such as account numbers, PINs, credit card information, SSNs and software licenses.
You simply sign in with one master password and the app logs you into all your website accounts. You only have to remember one password.
Those who don’t want a technological answer still need secure passwords and a way to remember them. Lots of sticky notes surrounding your work area is not the best solution. Using the same password for all accounts puts you at risk.
The obvious like “123456” or anything that can be found in a dictionary makes a weak password. Try to include upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.
Then write them down in a password organizer and store it securely.