Passwords - The Good, Bad and Ugly

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 t

Google Docs

o make use of the cloud (Internet) to access a spre

adsheet 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     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

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.

 

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