Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Be Secure Online - Use a Password Manager

Online shopping and banking have grown exponentially in the past few years. The average person, routinely, logs in to a dozen or more secure websites. Unfortunately, many use the same, simple password, for all of their sites. Our present method of authenticating (Usernames & Passwords) is problematic, but it is all we, presently, have. Perhaps in a few years we will find a better solution - until then we must do a better job of managing our personal online security. Here are a few tips:

  • Choose a password with 12 or more random characters - numbers, letters, symbols, Upper and Lower case. The more characters the better.
  • Never use the same Password for multiple websites - NEVER.
  • Use a secure Password Manager like LastPass or 1Password to store your Login Data. This will allow you to choose very long passwords that you will not have to commit to memory.



There are many Password Manager applications that will do the job. You need one that is secure, ubiquitous and easy to use. LastPass and 1Password are inexpensive, secure and work across most all platforms - Windows, Android, IOS, Mac, etc. Both can be setup to synchronize your login data across multiple devices. Both will create random passwords, based on your specifications, and automatically log you into thousands of websites. You can use your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. How about security? LastPass and 1Password encrypt your data and only you have the key. You will need to remember one Master Password, so make it a good one and don't forget it - there will be no way to recover it.