3 Steps to Make Password Management Easier

//3 Steps to Make Password Management Easier

Passwords are a necessary inconvenience. Yes, it is a pain to create and manage them, but they are vital to maintaining the security of your accounts and devices. It might seem that we are approaching the end of passwords and the emergence of biometric authentication and other such technologies, But no security method is bulletproof alone. For the near future, expect to rely on a combination of techniques, including passwords.

And, passwords do not have to be a bother. In fact, managing your passwords can be very easy, or at least easier than you think.

Generate strong passwords

There are a number of suggestions on how to create passwords, but the basic idea is that it’s hard to guess. To be clearer, we are not trying to prevent your neighbor guessing it, but rather a computer that checks dictionaries for common passwords.

That means that common words or phrases are not recommended, and passwords that use a mixture of letters, numbers, and symbols. Some services do not allow the use of symbols, so you need to aware of such restrictions. As far as length is concerned, the standard suggestion is at least eight characters, but 10 or more is even better.

The easiest way to create strong, random passwords is to use a password manager like 1Password, LastPass or Dashlane. These three services can create new passwords that vary in length and complexity. Besides, a computer program is much better remembering all your complex passwords than you could be.

No matter what you do, do not use any of the passwords in this list. You’re probably wondering just how easy it is to create a variety of random passwords that are hard to remember, but this is the first step. When you have a hard-to-guess password, things are simplified quite a bit because you can be pretty sure that your passwords are safe.

Stop changing your passwords so often

It has now been determined from experience that changing your passwords regularly can be more harmful than beneficial. This is mainly because people tend to choose poor passwords as replacements, which are easy to guess.

Also, before you raise your hands in frustration, the number of times you will support changing your account passwords will be limited. Most of us have so many online accounts that changing passwords for all can be an overwhelming task. So do not change them so often.

As long as you have a good random password of 10 or more characters in length, you should be fine for a long time – especially if you are also using a double factor check. Every six months or every year is probably enough and even would only be necessary for your high impact accounts, low impact accounts can last quite a bit longer.

Of course, there are times when you need to immediately change your password, such as when your service has suffered a major attack, or you have reason to suspect someone else knows your password.

When you change your password, automate it

Both LastPass and Dashlane have a very good (free) feature to help automate or partially automate password changes for leading online services.

The Dashlane feature is the most automated of the two, but both simplify the process by not requiring you to go hunting your password page in your online accounts.

These are the basic steps for managing online passwords, but they can serve you a lot to keep your accounts safe.

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By |2017-04-08T18:12:35+00:00April 8th, 2017|Tips & Tactics|4 Comments

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  1. Md Yakub September 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Password management is so difficult by a person, so we need to use a password manager. Though password manager makes our password management easy, but a strong password gives us strong security. Now I am using LastPass, it is a good password manager and takes good care of passwords. I always make my password unstable by changing them many times, then I forget them. But password manager manager takes care of them. We should always care of our personal and business account by ourselves. Also our web browsers are taking good care of them. All in all it is a nice article.

  2. Deep Kumar September 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Very Important article!!!
    Yes this digital technology will be make our password management easier with full of security. It’s true that manually password management is very boring specially when we need to type password again & again. It take a lot of time also. So a smart solution is very needed & i think this advance technology definitely help to fix it.In case of security it’s very difficult to make password management easier with strong security but now finally it will be done.

    Very details article Admin.Thanks again.

  3. Vangeline September 19, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Thank you for these amazing tips on digital technology! Passwords are ironic in nature. No matter how annoying it could get in order to create a strong one, you have no choice since you need it for security and privacy of all of your accounts. In return, the strong passwords you generated are the difficult ones to remember, but it is the most recommendable for all sites. I, for one, use catchy phrases in generating passwords so that I could remember it easily. I also make sure to add some personal touch into it to make it more worth remembering. I will make sure to check these password managers! They will be of great help for sure.

  4. Daniel Omwancha September 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Very insightful and helpful article. If you work mostly online, like me, you probably have over 100 (or 200 or more) accounts for all the products and services you use. At some point, it gets really difficult to keep track of all of them and even more challenging to secure them. And the same goes for all your Internet-connected devices. Thank you for these three important steps to stay secure, for sure they are great lifestyle tips for people like me who mostly work online and holds many accounts. For sure, password management can be a nightmare with the number of accounts required to function in today’s online world. Every time you get online it seems you are required to sign up for a new account. With the rapid development in digital technology, and the fact that there are people online waiting to steal your information and account details, using a password management software with multi factor authentication capabilities is essential for following password management best practices.

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