Forgot Password?

At some point in our internet lives we’ve all had a go-to password. It’s possible you’ve used (or use) this password on pretty much every site you need to login to. Why do we only use one password (or a small number of passwords)? The answer is because it’s easy to remember and most likely something you can enter quickly and easily. More and more of our personal information is being entered into websites. Your passwords are the keys that unlock a wealth of information that can be used to steal your identity if it falls into the wrong hands. You should have a strong, unique password for each site you log into. Yes, for each one. So, how do I remember all my passwords?

Tips For Passwords & Password Storage

  • Create a strong, unique password for every site you log into. A strong password is at least 12 characters long. Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters ($, %, #, etc).
  • Never use any personal information as a part of your password. This includes names, birthdates, pet names, street numbers, etc. Ask yourself this question: Can a clue to any portion of my password be found on my Facebook page? The answer should be “no”.
  • Your password should be difficult to enter (and remember). This means that you most likely have a strong password that will be difficult to crack.
  • Use a password manager to store your passwords. A password manager will encrypt your passwords so that only authorized users with access can view them. Your passwords will be stored in a cloud so that you can access them on any device (PC, smart phone, tablet).
  • A password manager should also be able to create strong passwords for you. These will be stored for easy access. You copy and paste the password into the website you need to log into.
  • Never store passwords in your web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc.). If your browser asks if you’d like to store or save the password, always say no.

Your information is important. You wouldn’t want a random person walking into your home and rummaging through your stuff. Using sub-par passwords is like leaving your front door wide open. How do I remember all my passwords? Follow the steps above and your information will be safe and secure.

A Free Guide on How To Secure Your Identity & Protect Your Data