May 7th, 2016

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Password Managers

How many passwords do you have? In this day and age, logins for different websites pile up very quickly. You have probably been told before that you should be keeping a different password for every website you log into. How can you do this, though? Keeping all those passwords in your head just will never work. With as many logins as we all have, eventually you will either forget the password, or they will be so weak that someone could guess what it is and access your information!

What can you do?

A password manager is currently the best way to manage logins for your websites. Here at JnA Computers, we recommend LastPass, but there are other good ones such as 1 Password and DashLane. Isn't it risky, though, to have all of your passwords in one place? This does pose a concern, since anyone that can access your password manager can also login to all of your accounts. It is very important, then, that your account with your password manager stay safe! 

Your password to your password manager will be the first line of defense for your information. This will effectively be the last password you will need to remember. Make it a good one. It should be, at minimum, 12 characters long and not be anything that someone could guess. Make something up that only YOU could ever remember, and then add something to it to make it longer. It could be anything: your high school ID number, the make of your first car, the first day you fell in love. Anything that only you will remember that will add to your password. For instance, lets say I started out with a password like ILoveMoutainsAndSoDoYou. To make that password even better you could add a date to the begining and end of it: 020178ILoveMoutainsAndSoDoYou020178 (please don't use this example). This creates a very long password that you can remember that will keep your account SAFE, but would be virtually impossible for someone to figure out on their own.

The next line of defense for your account is 2 factor authentication. We will discuss this more in a separate post, but basically, in the event that your password is guessed by someone, with 2 factor authentication your account will STILL be safe with a secondary code that you will have to enter in. This minimal inconvenience greatly increases the security of your account.

Have questions, concerns, or just need help setting up your password manager? Contact Jeff at JnAComputers and schedule an appointment today!

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