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The username and password combination is ubiquitous. The are dozens, if not hundreds, of websites and applications requiring a login. This presents a challenge. How do you maintain an appropriate level of security and avoid the need to become a memory wizard?
Many people avoid the problem all together. They use the same username and password combination for everything. They make things even easier by choosing simple passwords which are easy to guess. e.g. The dog’s name, their maiden name or birthdays.
The usernames are less of a problem. Consistent branding is more desirable than using a different username for each account. So how do you remember a million passwords? Passwords that you would like to be more secure.
I use a tool called 1Password. This is a secure place to record the countless login details I have collected. With the use of this tool I can set complex passwords and use them to login to websites with a single click. All I need to do to remember all this information is remember one password.
Taking this a stage further, the use of Touch ID on my iPhone means I don’t need that one password either. Elsewhere one option is to use two-step verification. Setting this up for lots of accounts is time consuming but it’s still a good idea to start with the most important.
1Password also helps me organize passwords into categories and vaults. A vault is a collection of entries organized by type. I can also use the app to generate new passwords and to share my vaults with whoever I choose. Finally, 1Password also allows me to review my passwords. It will tell me which of my passwords are too simple or too old.
In summary I recommend the use of a password manager and two step verficaton. This will make managing and using your passwords a lot easier. It should also be a lot more secure.
Next time: How to choose the ideal email application.