Why Password Management Is So Critical

by on June 7, 2012

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Laptop Safe - Personal Online Security - Protecting PasswordsThe latest snafu with regards to your critically important passwords, has taken place with Linkedln, where upon confirmation, user passwords were compromised and a list was stolen from the web site.

Over 6 million passwords.

I am not going to go on and on about how we trust sites as important as LinkedIn with some fairly critical information and letting our passwords slip out just isn’t cool.

I’m thinking that’s a given.

But a point this does ignite within my camp, and that is the need to create and use intelligent passwords.

I’ve seen the best passwords that money can buy… such tricky ones such as password, PW, or the best one to date, ” “, really send a strong message to the online creeps. That message being, come on over, get this one password that allows me to have access to any and all my online accounts and knock yourself out!

And if a web-savvy or computer-savvy crook can find your password through one of these leaks, and also manage to snag or stumble upon what banking website you use or other important, financially based businesses you deal with, well, your laziness about your passwords are about to pay off big, just not for you.

Passwords are important but you need to make sure they stay important and are protected in such a way that doesn’t make it easy for someone who stumbles upon your pw or critical websites to ruin your day.

Taking care of passwords isn’t a tough thing to do, but it can feel like a nuisance. Then again, someone stripping you of all your cash or running up charges for a day can be quite the nuisance also.

With that in mind, if you do have a LinkedIn account, after changing your pw, you may want to double check your account settings and make sure your privacy settings are still the same and check for any “new” connections you might have in LI.

Password Tips and Tricks

Don’t use basic passwords. Password and any variation the the word password in it is not a good one. Remember, most crooks will be using software to bust passwords. It takes only a few seconds to check out hundreds of permutations.

Don’t use information related to you. Birthdays and kids names and kids birthdays, etc., are just a notch up from using the word password.

Change/rotate passwords as often as you are comfortable. It’s not a bad idea to change passwords, not only after a compromise, but maybe on a schedule. I change my critical passwords every 6 months. It’s in line with my day-job and how often I have to change passwords there, so it’s something I’m used to doing and dealing with.

Don’t use the same password everywhere. This is a big one for me.

Of those 6 million folk that had their passwords compromised on LinkedIn, and for those who have either stored critical data there, or, in Facebook or Google+, you may want to consider changing your passwords on those sites also. You don’t want to be counted as one of the unlucky ones.

And yes, not using the same password everywhere can be a huge pain… or not. Here’s a thought… if you insist on using the same format or password across websites, find something unique about the website you’re going to, and insert that unique aspect into the password you use for that site.

What you use, is up to you… but don’t go for the obvious, because if it’s obvious, well, then everyone would be able to figure it out.

Catch Phrases: Use phrases to create passwords today, June 6th. (uptcpt,J6) (Of course, that’s not a good pw… a few letters repeat.)

Any how, you get the idea.

Sure, it’s pretty easy to ignore this tiny facet of your life or, it can just become a habit like paying the bills. It’s up to you, but you can’t go and say I didn’t try to warn you! I care about my readership and I’d like all five of you (wait, I think I got six now…) to be as safe as possible!

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