Managing Your Computer Passwords

In today’s world, so much information is stored and shared on your electronic devices. It allows us to communicate and connect with the rest of the world in a more efficient way than anyone could have ever imagined, however it also makes us all prey for hackers looking to find your personal information, steal your identity and possibly even rob you blind. Using passwords in a correct manner on the Internet can help prevent this, but there are a few golden rules to follow when managing your passwords on the Internet.

Don’t be Obvious

Hackers already know what the most common passwords on the internet are, and if they can figure out your username, then there’s a good chance they can log onto your account if you are using a common password. Passwords like these include 123456, password and qwerty. Also, never use a password that’s the same as your username. It’s done far too often, and it wouldn’t take a hacker long to crack that one.

The More the Merrier

It may be easier to remember just a single password, but if a hacker is able to figure out the only one that you use, then they will know your password across the board. Additionally, try and update the passwords you use for various things at least once a year.

Write Them Down

This is a bit old fashioned, but it certainly works for some people. Set your password lists aside in a manila folder, or a place where it will not get lost or damaged. You can also make several lists in the event that you lose one or it gets damaged.

Excel or Word Document

Create an excel or word document, add in all of your passwords with what they are used for, and then save it to your desktop. If you are worried that someone you don’t know may try and use your computer to get to that file, you can password protect it. Depending on the version of excel you are using, there are different steps to password protect a file. Generally, you can find the option in the file menu under “Password to open” or “Choose an encryption type”.  Once you do that, only people that know the password can access the rest of your passwords.

Enlist Some Help

There are a few password managers out there that help you with storing and remembering your passwords. KeePass is a great program to have on your desktop, which acts essentially a password vault for your computer. If you’re looking to take things a step further, and would like to integrate your passwords into your web browsers, try using either RoboForm or LastPass. Once logged in, you can save passwords to them and they will autofill your saved information when you come back to the website later.

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Mike Hall is a contributing writer for Data Recovery Group, which specializes in data recovery for individuals and businesses.

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