The advent of online systems and apps for everything we do now means we need to remember way too many passwords. Remember the time we had one PIN and struggled to remember that? Now we have dozens (for some people even hundreds) of passwords—or at least you should!
The worst thing you can do is to have the same password for everything. We can’t stress enough that a single password for all your digital accounts is a really bad idea. As tempting as that is, the threat of losing everything or identity theft is a real possibility.
You can’t expect to remember incredibly long strings of gibberish characters. BUT, the more complex a password is, the less likely it is to be compromised. Using numbers, special characters (where the system allows) and a mix of upper and lower case letters creates a strong password. It also makes it hard to remember.
Still don’t think you can remember all of your passwords if they were different? The good news is there are a number of apps that can help you store your passwords safely. Not only does that mean you can have different passwords for everything, it also means they don’t have to be readily memorable. Proceed with caution. Some of these apps operate with bad security practices. We recommend LastPass which can be used on your PC, Mac, Apple iPhone/iPad and Android.
ShowellTech specialises in cyber security for both business and home users. Need advice or believe you’ve been compromised? Call our team on 02 4488 4800.
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