Managing Your Passwords - 11th Jun 2009

If there is one thing I hear most people complain about is that they have to remember yet another password. This is an increasing problem as our lives go more and more online. You may get a login for your internet banking, sign up for a website over here, get a new email account or protect a document. All these things give you yet another opportunity to create a password. It is all very confusing.

At Turboweb we have possibly hundreds of passwords for all kinds of different things. Of course if we always used the same password and someone was able to guess it then our entire online lives are at risk. Every service from banking through to social media sites could be compromised. Therefore we use a unique password for every login we need to create. But how on earth do we remember it all? In short we don't, we use a password manager.

There are many password management applications out there that help you not only create unique passwords that make it hard for others to break into but also store all of those passwords securely. Generally when you want to open up the password manager application you will need the one password. This means you only have to really remember one password.

Warning bells should chime here. Make sure that the password that you use to get into the password manager is a good one! Do NOT use a anything that is easily found out about you. For example pet names, mothers maiden name, middle name, birth date, favourite team, workplace name etc. Don't use any standard word any name. Using names, words or dates can be easily guessed.

How to create a nice memorable secure password.

Think of a phrase. Pick something you find very easy to remember. For this example we will use: “Using just normal words is bad.”

Now just take the first letters of that phrase: ujnwib

Make some of them or one of them an upper case: ujNWib

Now you can make any of the following letters into a number:
i = 1
a = 4
t = 7
s = 5
e = 3
o = 0 (that is Zero)

Why these letters like that? Because they look a little bit like their counterpart. Lets take a capital A for example, it looks somewhat like the numeral 4.

So now our password becomes: ujNW1b

Now see that you have a pretty nasty looking set of letters and numbers that you can reproduce by simply remembering the phrase.

The below is a list of applications that you can use completely for free or try before you buy.


Password Safe: www.pwsafe.org
Free, open source application.

KeePass Password Sage: www.keepass.info
Free, open source application.

Anypassword: www.anypassword.com
They have a free version for individual and not-for-profit charitable entity use.

For more great information and for a useful online tool for creating passwords visit: www.grc.com/passwords.htm

Regards,
Aaron

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