Everything we want to keep away from others require passwords, pin codes, combinations, etc. This vary from social media logins, credit card pin codes, and lock combinations. Without a doubt, it can be assumed that plenty of individuals use the same passwords for different logins and pin codes for different cards. I have the worst memory in my family, so I’m guilty of this. It is impossible for me to memorize various password when I can’t even remember what I ate for breakfast. Before passwords could be as simple as “password” but now majority of logins require “strong” passwords:
As stated in the beginning, we use passwords to keep others away from others; so let’s keep it that way! With weak password passwords that we re-use for everything, once breached — they have access to everything. We will be susceptible to our identity being stolen, lose banking information, important emails, etc. To prevent this you should change your passwords to be secure and have different ones for each login.
According to Crambler secure passwords should meet this criteria:
- Must be at least 8 characters long.
- Must contain at least:
- one uppercase letter[A-Z]
- one lowercase letter[a-z]
- one numeric character [0–9]
- one special character from this set: ` ! @ $ % ^ & * ( ) — _ = + [ ] ; : ‘ “ , < . > / ?
- Must not contain your login ID, email address, first, or last name.
- It cannot contain repeating character strings of 3 or more identical characters. (E.g. ‘1111’ or ‘aaa’)
To things easier password managers should be used. A password manager generates, and stores your countless account logins. An example of one would be LastPass (one I am currently using). It protects all your vital information you decide to put into it:
You don’t even have to think of hard passwords for yourself! LastPass does it for you and the security of the passwords generated are very meticulous. You can make the passwords range from 8–128 characters having options of it having uppercase, lowercase, numbers and even making the password pronounceable! To ensure maximum security in the cloud, LastPass has implemented AES-256 bit encryption with PBKDF2 SHA-256 and salted hashes. In addition, LastPass are encrypted and decrypted on device level so LastPass’ servers do not have our passwords meaning if somehow they get hacked our information aren’t leaked.
Generally, we write all our passwords on a notebook and hide it. The problem with this (my mom can vouch) is that there are so many logins and information that it takes a while to find it. In addition, when you have to change the password, it becomes messy. Furthermore, if the notebook is lost it is game over, the amount of things that have to be changed, would make your head explode! With a password manager like LastPass you have everything secure on an app. This app can be accessed on your laptop or smartphone. It is password protected and offer a two-factor authentication which adds extra security and requires a code that has a time limit to be used and can only be received from your mobile number. So if you loss your account login, they won’t be able to login without your actual phone and the password to that.
There were plenty of other interesting things that LastPass had to offer such as auto filling on devices, rating how secure your passwords are, and being able to share information with others with the app. In conclusion, I will definitely be using LastPass and change all my passwords.