Passwords – you have two camps – for those that are involved in the industry I would say most try to be as secure as possble when creating passwords. Well I would hope!
The other side is those that use the same password for everything just because they have forgotten passwords in the past and it’s easy – no thinking involved.
Today no matter what – we have to be more secure in our methods of creating and maintaining passwords. We have too much of our personal information and there are too many people ready to take advantage of your situation not to do the right thing.
– use the same password more than once
– Don’t use anything associated with you personally – phone number, Address, family names, birthdays etc – these are the first things people try to use
– Short passwords are also not good
– Shouldn’t write your passwords down.
I have over the last few days reviewed and tested a number of Password managers. I wanted to have a package that would allow me access to the data from three different computers, one being my work systems that doesn’t allow the installation of any software. I found two packages that matched what I wanted in different ways, both are good and currently I am using both to determine which one I will finally go to.
The two packages are KeePass and LastPass – these both come in a FREE version and do what I need them to. I find KeePass to be the easier version at this point, everything is just there and I had didn’t have to go looking. LastPass advantage would be that it does a lot more and is available for Smartphones as well. I had a 90 plus passwords that I had to import into both packages and in both cases it was not the easiest, but I got it done.
If you don’t have a huge list and you are willing to wait and add your passwords as you load up the web pages, LastPass makes that really easy – Login and it asks you if you would like to add the location and password to your database. Really nice! Your database is available to you from anywhere through the WEB as well.
With KeePass I had to save my database on a CLOUD storage sync program in order to have the access from any of my computers. The program can be loaded up on a USB Key which will allow you to open the program from any computer. As I said I had to work around things to get KeePass working.
For people who just want access on a single computer the KeePass product I believe would be the better choice, it’s a little easier to use and very familiar in look to many other programs. If you’re like me and have several computers that you would like to have access, plus a smartphone then LastPass is the product you should be using.