Protect those Passwords!!!

We are into our second month of 2019—how are those New Year’s resolutions going? Did anyone add password organization to their list of things to do in 2019? We just did a password reset for a customer who got locked out of her laptop—sometimes that happens, but we don’t like to see our customers get locked out of their email, facebook, and other user accounts. Passwords have gotten very tricky to manage and keep track of as different sites require different combinations of letters, numbers, special characters, capitalization, no numbers in sequence, no password that resembles the user name, minimum 6 characters for one site, or minimum 8 characters for another, and on and on with varying password policies across platforms. Some sites require that the user change their password every six months or so without repeating a password that had been previously used. All of these different password policies make it very difficult for the user to only have one password for all of his or her accounts, which is a huge security no-no anyway! By now everyone knows that using the same password across multiple sites is not safe, right? So what is the best way to manage our passwords and keep our online accounts safe?
We recommend KeePass. KeePass is a free, easy-to-use password manager for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and mobile devices. The beauty of KeePass is that you only have to remember one password—the Master Password. You create unique passwords for each of your online accounts and store them in an encrypted database, which is basically a file that you unlock with the Master Password. And you can organize your passwords into groups such as Utilities, Finance, Social Media, etc. Some maintenance is required—if you change a password, you will have to update your KeePass file. But the same is true for the pen and paper method! How many times have you changed a password but have forgotten to update that list of passwords that you keep in your desk drawer?! Also, with KeePass, there is a bit of a learning curve, but once you get used to it, it is very convenient to use.

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