Every experience with technology these days seems to come with a password or login. From social media like Facebook to email and online banking.
Most log ins require at least an eight digit password. Why? With the shear number crunching ability of modern computers a criminal with an appropriate program can crack a six digit password in under five minutes!
A password with eight digits is 10,000 times more secure than a four digit password.
It is also vitally important that passwords are not easy to guess, like 1234 or 5555 or your birth date (No one would know that would they? Just everyone on Facebook!). A good password has at least eight digits made up of unusual characters, for example [&wE1*C9z] and it is also important to have different passwords for different log ins.
Because a lot of work I do is online and for various companies and individuals I have hundreds of passwords and they are all at least 12 characters long. But do we really have time to remember even half a dozen strong passwords like that? It is mind boggling! Enter the password manager.
There are a number of ways you can manage your passwords, one is you can load your passwords onto a spreadsheet like Excel and protect the spreadsheet with a very stong password. This can be unwieldy if you need a password when you do not have the access to the device the spreadsheet is stored on. An option is to make use of the cloud (Internet) to access a spreadsheet on an application like Google docs.
Probably the best way is to enlist the help of dedicated password management software. These programs can store all your passwords, log ins and even credit card details for easy access. They store your encrypted details locally but can be accessed by you remotely on a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. YOu log in to the manager with just one password, usually a passphrase like [The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain]. Trust me it takes a lot of stress out of your daily online life!
I will list a couple of contenders here that are "Freemium" (The base model is free but if you want the premium version you pay.):
Passpack gives you the tools to organize your passwords and store them securely all in one place.
If you use the internet you need Passpack. Password Management is not just for power users!
LastPass is there when you need to login, generate a password for a new site, or complete an online order.
Hope one of these makes life easier.