With everything online rightly requiring a password to be chosen, stored, and entered, it’s getting increasingly difficult to manage these random collections of numbers, letters, and symbols.
Difficult, but not impossible. With your help perhaps we can turn difficult to easy.
If A Thief Has Your Key, Change The Locks
We want to know, How Do You Manage Your Passwords? This question is asked in light of the Heartbleed bug recently discovered in OpenSSL. One simple programming error led, two years later, to the Internet being broken. And it will remain broken until all of the affected websites update OpenSSL to fix the error.
The only advice worth listening to regarding Heartbleed is to change all of your passwords once the storm has passed. Changing them prior to a website updating OpenSSL is absolutely pointless, as your new password will then be leaking out to passing ne’erdowells utilizing Heartbleed for nefarious purposes.
If you emitted a groan at the very idea of changing all your passwords then you’re not alone. I did the same, and so did everyone I know in real-life. But it’s a necessary step to take if you want to ensure you’ve done all you can to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft, fraud, or hacking. Remember, security matters.
Which leads us to the point of this post: to discuss, discover, and disseminate the ways we all manage our online passwords. We want to hear how you’re managing your passwords, and we want to know everything about your system short of the actual passwords you’re currently using.
How do you choose a strong password? How do you remember different passwords? And which password goes with which website or service? Do you have a system? Do you use password management tools? If so, which one? Do you write all your passwords down on a piece of paper? Do you have a preferred length? Do you just use letters or a combination of letters, numbers, and characters?
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