Passwords are a necessary evil and keeping a cheat sheet in your wallet or desk drawer, or even a yellow sticky note on your monitor is definitely not a safe way to manage your passwords.
With every online account requesting a unique password, it can be overwhelming to create secure passwordsand to keep track of them. Here a few things to keep in mind.
CREATING SECURE PASSWORDS
Longer is Better
- Passwords should be no less than 8 characters
Forget the Alphabet
- By adding numbers and symbols you make your password more complex and harder to figure out. For example, use $ as S, a 3 for E, an ! for L
Keep it Random
- Names of children, pets, zip codes, birthdays, and addresses can be looked up.
Change it Up
- Don't use the same password for multiple accounts. If one account is hacked, the rest will still be secure. Also, it's a good idea to change your password on a regular basis.
- Many sites offer a second step verification using another email address or mobile number. If you've been putting it off, now's the time to complete the second step verification.
HOW TO MANAGE PASSWORDS
Password Protected Word Doc or Excel Spreadsheet
- Create a document with all your usernames and passwords and the make it password protected. Microsoft products not only allow you to password protect a document or worksheet, but also to encrypt it. Click here for instructions.